The federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative slated for reductions under President Trump's first budget proposal gave $62,300 in 2011 to Grand Valley State University. The money provided “professional development” to four teachers and an administrator at two schools in Kent County, for the purpose of adding information on protecting the Great Lakes to the school curriculum. Each school would also do a project that would “serve as school-wide meaningful watershed educational experiences creating a culture of stewardship.”

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Renting out the family summer cottage is a common practice in Michigan, and with today’s technologies, it’s easier than ever, empowered by services like AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO and more. These short-term rentals mean vacationers can find a place much more easily and inexpensively, while owners can earn some extra money. It seems like a win-win. Not everyone agrees. Some in the accommodations and tourism industries aren’t happy with the increased competition and are advocating for limiting people’s rights to rent out their homes. Some homeowner associations are pushing back as well. And while cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids have mostly embraced home sharing, some local governments have restricted and even banned the practice.

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