Michigan Governor Vetoes Snowmobile Trail

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Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has vetoed a proposed Bellaire-to-Jordan Valley snowmobile trail, a victim of broader budget cuts.

The trail was written into House Bill 4446, which provides 2009-10 spending for the departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality.

A week ago, the governor approved the legislation, but vetoed the trail before signing the bill, according to The Petoskey News.

The Michigan Snowmobile Association estimates snowmobiling brings more than $1 billion in revenue for the state. The proposed trail would extend from the expansive Jordan Valley network of trails surrounding East Jordan to the city of Bellaire and the Shanty Creek Resort.

Randy Danforth, owner of T and R Yamaha in East Jordan, says the snowmobile industry impacts Northern Michigan in winter just as the weather does in the summer for local businesses. "Whether you are directly related to the snow industry or not, it affects you with trickle down of how money is spread around," Danforth said.

Posted by Holly Wagner