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Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Allocation Amendment (2014)

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The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Allocation Amendment was not on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Michigan as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have allowed the interests and earnings of the state's natural resources trust fund to be expended on the following:[1]
Note: The bolded points would ha e been created by the resolution, the non-bolded points were already allowed.
  • The acquisition of land for recreational and conservation purposes.
  • The management of land and water for recreational purposes.
  • The development of public recreation facilities.
  • The development of maintenance of trails and roads on state-owned land.
  • Infrastructure directly related to natural-resource-based industries, including timber harvesting and mining.
  • Infrastructure on waterways, including breakwaters and dredging operations.
  • Payments in lieu of taxes on state-owned land.
  • The administration of the trust fund.

The measure would have also required that 40 percent of the revenue received by the Michigan Natural Resource Trust Fund go to the Michigan State Parks Endowment Fund until such fund reaches an accumulated $400,000,000. As of 2014, the Michigan State Parks Endowment Fund receives all revenues from the natural resources trust fund until the parks fund reaches an accumulated $800,000,000.[1]

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund is a fund designed for all bonuses, rentals, delayed rentals and royalties collected by the state under provisions of leases for the extraction of nonrenewable resources from state owned lands.



The following officials sponsored the amendment in the legislature:[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Michigan Constitution

In order for the state legislature to place the measure on the ballot, a minimum two-thirds vote was required in both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan State Senate.

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