Budget supplemental includes $1 million for Mackinac Island State Park

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. — The Legislature on Wednesday finalized a supplemental to the state’s Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget that included $1 million for improvements at Mackinac Island State Park.

“I am pleased that we were able to approve this important bill to provide these additional funds to make needed improvements at Fort Mackinac,” said Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, who represents the island as part of the 37th Senate District. “Mackinac Island, and Fort Mackinac, are Michigan treasures, and these updates will go a long way toward improving the experience for visitors and workers alike.”

Phil Porter said the supplemental will help make improvements to Fort Mackinac and other buildings on the island.

“On behalf of the Mackinac State Historic Parks Commission, I am thrilled to receive this supplemental appropriation,” said Porter, commission director. “These funds will go a long way toward maintaining and improving the historic structures on Mackinac Island, and to supporting the island’s more than one million visitors each year. I appreciate the continued support of Senator Schmidt, members of the Legislature, and the governor’s administration for Mackinac Island, the gem of Michigan.”

Senate Bill 800, which provided the 2016-17 fiscal year supplemental, included $116.9 million for various projects and a $75 million payment into the state’s rainy day fund.

The bill awaits the governor’s signature.