Brownfield legislation goes to governor's desk

May 4, 2017

Brownfield redevelopment
Credit The Peninsula

A package of Michigan bills that would ease the financial burden of cleaning up brownfield sites goes to the governor's desk.

Republican Sen. Ken Horn introduced the legislation that would let developers keep a portion of taxes after they redevelop a brownfield site.

The taxes would be collected from businesses and residents moving into the site.

The bills passed the House Thursday after a lukewarm response from some lawmakers, who called it crony capitalism.

The main bill passed 85-22.

Troy Republican state Rep. Martin Howrylak calls the legislation a transfer of wealth from taxpayers to special interests groups.

The legislation passed the GOP-controlled Senate in February.

A brownfield site is an area with environmental hazards that has to be cleaned up before it can be developed, which can be costly.