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U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur wants to establish a federal ‘Great Lakes Authority’ to promote region’s environment and economy

March 18, 2022 — U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur on Thursday introduced legislation that would establish a new federal entity called the “Great Lakes Authority” that would promote regional development in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin much as the Tennessee Valley Authority was founded as part of the New Deal to boost that region’s economic development.

A statement from the Toledo Democrat said that even though the Great Lakes region is “the industrial workhorse that powers America,” new efforts are needed to catalyze the region’s revitalization after decades of bad trade deals that outsourced-living-wage jobs and let industry atrophy.

“By investing in workforce development, innovative energy technologies and manufacturing processes, and responsible stewardship of our precious Great Lakes ecosystem – the Great Lakes Authority will unleash the Heartland’s full potential for this 21st century,” said a statement from Kaptur, whose bill would give the new entity $30 million in funding beginning in fiscal year 2023, and $50 million each fiscal year thereafter.

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