Funding Cuts for Mackinac Island Discussed

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A plan to close buildings on Mackinac Island and reduce maintenance is drawing fire.

Governor Jennifer Granholm proposed a cut of $1.5 million in support of the state park for next year.

That would create a lapse in grass mowing, painting of historical buildings, some of which would be closed. People would pay more for weddings, docking boats, and bike licenses on the island.

The Mackinac Island State Park commission is opposed to the budget cuts.

Dennis Cawthorn, the commission chairman, says, "Mackinac is such a jewel of the state of Michigan; it doesn't make good business sense to cut our funding because we are an important economic generator of jobs in the state."

The fiscal year begins October 1.