Plan Would Expand Michigan Emergency Fund

Legislation cleared the state House this week that would increase the minimum balance of Michigan’s disaster and emergency contingency fund. The bills were inspired after the state ran out of money in that account to fix the sinkhole that threatened to swallow a neighborhood in Frasier last year. They were sponsored by state Representative Tim Marino.

“Looking at that incident, obviously we’ve got to do something moving forward, and to make sure those funds are always available,” Marino told Michigan News Network. “I think it was a common sense piece to get through.”

Marino, a Republican from Harrison Township, says the legislation had bipartisan support.