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Lawmakers: Federal budget to boost blight-fighting efforts

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

Lawmakers say the recently approved federal budget package is expected to boost efforts to remove and repurpose thousands of blighted properties in Michigan cities.

U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan joined Congressman Dan Kildee in Flint on Tuesday to celebrate the provision.

The budget gives the U.S. Department of Treasury flexibility to transfer as much as $2 billion in additional funding to the Hardest Hit Fund, a program that has been used for fighting blight in Detroit and other parts of Michigan including Flint and Saginaw.

Stabenow says it's "a huge win for cities like Flint and Saginaw and will keep the momentum going to revitalize our neighborhoods."

The influx of federal resources follows more than $200 million Michigan has already received for anti-blight efforts.

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