TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending $14 million over the next two years in a stepped-up fight to head off more invasions by exotic species that spread disease and threaten Michigan’s native plants and wildlife.
The governor’s budget would add about 16 positions in three state departments to strengthen early detection capabilities and work more closely with local governments and organizations, said Keith Creagh, director of the Department of Natural Resources.
“Historically we’ve waited for the pest to make an impact before we’ve responded, and we’ve not been as successful as we need to be,” Creagh told The Associated Press. “We need to get ahead of the curve.”
Snyder’s plan seeks $6 million for the initiative in the 2014-15 fiscal year and $8 million in 2015-16. He also requested nearly $11 million for water quality and wetland preservation programs and for replacing a DNR Lake Huron fisheries research vessel.
The Nature Conservancy said the proposals would be Michigan’s first significant increase in general-fund spending on natural resources and environmental protection in more than 30 years.
Finally, there’s a scientific answer to that magic number of days before a flight when tickets are at their cheapest.
The answer? Are you ready? Are you reeeally ready?
Fifty-four days before takeoff is, on average, when domestic airline tickets are at their absolute lowest price. And if you don’t hit 54 days on the head, you should usually book between 104 to 29 days before your trip — within the “prime booking window” — for the lowest possible prices. In this window, ticket prices typically hover within $10 of the lowest price they’ll ever reach.
At least that’s what the data from 2013 tells us.