Sen. O’Brien Praises Passage Of Critical Supplemental Funding Bill

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Senator Margaret O'Brien

Senator Margaret O’Brien

LANSING, Mich. — State Senator Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, praised the passage of a supplemental appropriations bill on Thursday that could help provide much-needed funding for flooding recovery in Kalamazoo.

“Kalamazoo, along with many other Michigan communities, has been hit hard by recent flooding,” Sen. O’Brien said. “Roads and houses in low-lying areas have been significantly impacted with high water, and people have been displaced from their homes.”

House Bill 4321 would deliver critical additional funding in the amount of $2 million to the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund. These funds could help communities dealing with recent flooding begin to recover. In addition to the funding for the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund, $175 million in increased funding for roads was included in the legislation.

“In Kalamazoo, we are just beginning to assess the damage, but I can tell you it will be significant,” Sen. O’Brien said. “As Kalamazoo begins to recover from the receding flood waters, this funding increase could not have been authorized at a better time.”

HB 4321 now heads to the House for further consideration.