Chicago, IL (April 9, 2021) – Earlier today, President Biden released his proposed FY 2022 discretionary budget. In response, Alliance for the Great Lakes Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Programs Molly Flanagan released the following statement.

“The Alliance for the Great Lakes is pleased that the Biden Administration’s proposed FY 2022 President’s Budget continues the Administration’s strong commitment to reinvesting in America. The proposed budget includes much needed increases to domestic agencies and their work in the Great Lakes. U.S. EPA’s base budget is proposed to increase by $2 billion, or 21 percent, over last year’s funding level. This puts the agency in a position to protect and restore one of our country’s most precious resources, the Great Lakes. Furthermore, the additional funding expands the agency’s enforcement capability to hold polluters accountable.

We also thank the Biden Administration for their commitment to righting environmental injustice with their Justice40 initiative, which promises to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of relevant federal investments to disadvantaged communities. We look forward to seeing this plan in action throughout many historically under-served Great Lakes towns and cities.”

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Media contact: Jennifer Caddick, jcaddick@greatlakes.org