(WXYZ) — A congresswoman from Ohio has introduced a bill that would create and fund the Great Lakes Authority.
The Great Lakes Authority Act was introduced March 17 by Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Democrat who represents Ohio’s 9th congressional district, which stretches along the Lake Erie coast from Toledo to Cleveland.
The law was also sponsored by several state legislatures surrounding the Great Lakes, including Democratic Representatives Debbie Dingell, Dan Kildee and Haley Stevens – all of Michigan.
According to Kaptur’s office, the authority would serve as a federal entity dedicated to advancing solutions to challenges facing the eight states of the Great Lakes region – Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania.
Kaptur’s office said the Great Lakes region lacked support from the federal government. Under the law, the Great Lakes Authority would receive $30 million beginning in fiscal year 2023, followed by $50 million in each subsequent fiscal year.
According to Kapture, the authority would be empowered to promote economic development and job creation, establish training and education institutions and adapt labor to stimulate economic growth in affected communities. through outsourcing jobs, restore and protect the Great Lakes, promote cleaner energy production, and help fund clean energy, green infrastructure, water and infrastructure projects in a large band.
“The Great Lakes region is not only a valuable environmental watershed, but is uniquely positioned, with the right investments, to be an economic powerhouse to drive innovation and economic development for the 21st century,” said Dingell in a statement. “As co-chair of the bipartisan Great Lakes Task Force, I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing the Great Lakes Authority Act, which will help strengthen the regional Great Lakes economy, as well as the nation, by stimulating long-term investment. long-term economic development projects in the manufacturing, defence, infrastructure and clean energy sectors.
“The Great Lakes are central to our way of life,” Kildee added. “They generate billions of dollars of economic activity in our local economies and support millions of jobs in the fishing, boating and tourism industries. I am proud to support this legislation to help protect our Great Lakes, promote our economic development, invest in workforce training, and help create more well-paying jobs here in Michigan.
You can read the full text of the law below.
Great Lakes Authority Act of 2022 by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd