President Barack Obama has proposed spending $90 million in the coming budget year to keep a $730 million physics research project on track at Michigan State University.
A groundbreaking is expected this month at the East Lansing school for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. The research facility known as FRIB is expected to open sometime between 2020 and 2022.
Michigan Democratic U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow say the Obama's decision to put the funding in his fiscal 2015 budget proposal Tuesday will boost the university and the pursuit of knowledge. Michigan State won a national competition to host the project in 2008.
Preparation work is underway on the project, which backers have estimated will create 5,000 construction jobs and 400 permanent jobs.
President Barack Obama has failed to put money in his federal budget proposal for a customs plaza on the Detroit side of a planned $3.5 billion bridge between the city and Canada.
Obama sent his $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget to Congress on Tuesday. It doesn't include the $250 million cost of a border inspection plaza.
The plaza is a vital part of the planned New International Trade Crossing to link Detroit to Windsor, Ontario. The Canadian government is funding most of the bridge, expected to open in 2020.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters calls the decision not to fund the plaza a "grave oversight."
New International Trade Crossing coalition spokesman Tom Shields says the full $250 million isn't needed in one year but can be spread over several years.