Michigan trust fund distributing $37.8 million in recreation grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Michigan Trust fund will distribute $37.8 million in grants for recreation throughout the state.

The bipartisan bill HB 4469 was signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Thursday.

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grants will be split among 76 recreation projects and land purchases, the Governor’s office said in a release.

It will help pay for trail systems, acquisition of public land and development projects across Michigan for outdoor activities such as fishing, biking and hiking.

The grant includes seven development projects and nine acquisition projects in West Michigan, including $5 million for the acquisition

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Uber Grants Vacation Pay, Pensions to U.K. Drivers in Change of Job Status

Uber Technologies Inc. said it will grant its U.K. drivers an employment status entitling them to vacation pay and pension contributions, a costly shift in one of its largest overseas markets amid a global debate over the treatment of gig-economy workers.

The changes may presage legal wrangling, however, because the ride-hailing company says it will guarantee its drivers the U.K.’s minimum wage only after they have accepted a trip—not from the moment they sign into the app and are ready to work, as labor activists have demanded.

Uber announced the changes, effective Wednesday, after losing its final appeal last month

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