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Snyder to ask for $28M from lawmakers for Flint water fix

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FLINT, Mich. (AP/WXMI) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is likely to devote much of his annual State of the State speech tonight to the drinking water emergency in Flint, and sources confirm he plans to request that lawmakers approve millions for continued recovery efforts.

FOX 17 will air the address starting at 7:00pm, immediately following FOX 17 News at 6:00pm.

The state already is providing lead testing, filters and bottled water for the city of 99,000. And some say customers shouldn't have to pay their water bills because the water is contaminated with lead. It's unclear if lawmakers will cover the expense.

Sources in the legislature confirm to FOX 17 political report Josh Sidorowicz that  Snyder will ask lawmakers tonight to take action in approving a $28 million financial assistance package for Flint. Monies would go toward recovery efforts including further water testing and testing of residents, both adults and children, for elevated lead levels.

The financial aid would also pay to prevent water shutoffs for customers.

The supplemental funding would be in addition to the $9.3 million lawmakers approved in October to move the city back to Detroit’s water system, provide for DEQ to test drinking water samples, allow the Department of Health and Human Services to purchase and distribute water filters, and fund state plumbing inspections for schools and health facilities.

The governor has already approached the legislative leaders in both chambers about his plans to request the money, a source confirmed.

President Obama is scheduled to be in Detroit on Wednesday. His staff announced Tuesday that Obama will not be visiting Flint.

The governor also is expected to again press lawmakers to address mounting financial problems in Detroit's school district.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • m3ander3

    All government money comes from taxpayers, it does not inherently produce income, some argue this being a necessary evil, i guess everyone is entitled to their opinion….
    As far as the water problem goes, it is not a water problem, it is an infrastructure problem, the city’s pipes and the pipes in the houses of the people affected contain lead, the only way this never becomes a problem again is replacing this piping that is susceptible to salts/minerals within the water (which are safe) that are eroding the contaminated pipes, allowing lead and other impurities to leach into the system. Switching to Detroit water will only make the problem slightly better, now the the pipes have been disturbed new water isn’t going to magically fix them and keep them from leaching lead. What would be the ‘fix’ if after a switchback the Detroit water system started to see the same salts/minerals in their system that causes degradation again? This would be a good itme to fix the root cause, so it never ever becomes an issue, and the rest of the city municipalities should heed a warning from all of this, LCR laws are in place to help with the lead piped systems that are in place, but if there were none out there, lead in water would be basically non-existant.

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