1. The Legislature should direct the auditor general to immediately conduct a
performance review of all CMI spending as required by the Clean Michigan
2. The Clean Michigan Initiative Act does not oblige the state treasurer to
sell the full $675 million in bonds authorized by voters. Because the state's
debt burden has increased substantially, and the initiative lacks sound
priorities and realistic objectives, future CMI bond sales should be restricted
to raising only the funds necessary to complete current projects.
3. Any future bond authorizations should require a corresponding budget cut
to offset the costs of bond interest and associated legal and administrative
4. All publicly owned brownfield sites cleared with CMI funds should be
auctioned or sold by a date certain established by the Legislature. Economic
development will more likely occur if the properties are in private hands.
5. All funding for state park improvement projects that have not yet begun
should be canceled. The Department of Natural Resources may elect instead to
fund the improvements through the State Park Endowment Fund.
6. The environmental education program should be discontinued in favor of
curriculum development at the local level.
7. The Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources should
conduct a programs inventory for review by the governor for purposes of
8. Privatize all government-owned lighthouses.