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(MPRN-Lansing) Michigan needs more asbestos inspectors but doesn’t have the funding to pay for them, according to the Legislature’s Auditor General. 

Lawmakers Spruce Up Brownfield Bill

Feb 13, 2017
State Capitol - file photo
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(MPRN-Lansing) Lawmakers want to offer more incentives to developers building on undesirable land. The legislation revives a law that didn’t pass last session. 

The state plans to use most of $75 million federal grant to help people struggling to pay their mortgages to tear down abandoned buildings in Detroit and Flint. Kevin Elsenheimer is the director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. He says the plan makes sense for homeowners in those cities.

Kalamazoo County Land Bank

A piece of property along the Kalamazoo River was blighted and run down three years ago. But it’s opening to the public in a new incarnation. 

"WASHINGTON — A deal struck tonight by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and the Senate majority leader is expected to save millions in blight removal funds for Detroit and other Michigan cities, as well as for cities across the nation, which were at risk of being rescinded." (Detroit Free Press)