Senate Concurrent Resolution 28 moves to Michigan House of Representatives

Senate Concurrent Resolution 28 moves to Michigan House of Representatives

LANSING— The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 28, said sponsor Rick Jones.

SCR 28 memorializes Congress to fully fund the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University.

“Our representatives were sent to Congress to represent the citizens of the United States,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “This resolution demands that they uphold their duty to the American people”

The fiscal year 2013 federal budget allocates $22 million to fund the FRIB. This amount is less than half of the agreed-upon $55 million needed to maintain this critically important scientific project on its schedule for completion of construction.

“Michigan State University competed with schools nationwide and was selected as the home of the FRIB, and it must be funded at the appropriate level,” said Jones. “Having the FRIB at MSU will mean 5,000 temporary construction jobs through 2018 and 400 full-time, high-paying jobs. A recent analysis by Anderson Economic Group stated the FRIB will generate $1 billion in economic activity.

“The truly infuriating part is where Congress would rather spend the money. The current proposed federal budget also includes funding for an International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The U.S. Department of Energy is asking to send $150 million to the ITER fusion project in France for fiscal year 2013. This number is nearly three times the amount needed to fund the FRIB.  Clearly we should fully fund projects here before sending money abroad.”

The FRIB will build on the successes of MSU’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, which submitted the proposal to the Department of Energy.

“The FRIB has the potential to answer medical questions that are currently unknown, allow researchers to address ground breaking questions in the fields of nuclear structure and nuclear astrophysics, and strengthen national security,” said Jones. “It is not only a huge benefit for Michigan, but a benefit for the nation.”