The governor's proposed budget released Thursday calls for an $11.5 million special appropriation for dredging. Additionally, he wants to transfer more than $9 million from the state waterway fund for the purpose.
That fund usually pays for maintenance of breakwalls, docks and other harbor infrastructure. Some of those projects would be delayed because of the short-term transfer.
Additionally, aides said Snyder wants to build a long-term dredging fund with money that would come from a proposed increase in the state gasoline tax.
Federal funding for keeping harbors open has declined in recent years. State officials say it's essential to the Michigan economy to keep harbors open.