Michigan attorney general wants $3.4M more for Flint probe

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general is seeking $3.4 million more to investigate Flint’s water crisis, which would more than triple overall spending on the probe.

The request is up for approval by a State Administrative Board committee Tuesday. The full board will meet July 12 to consider the contract change.

Months ago, Attorney General Bill Schuette hired lawyer Todd Flood and 21 other outside attorneys and investigators for the probe.

An initial $1.5 million in spending was authorized through July 2017. The amendment calls for spending up to $4.9 million and extending the contract two more months.

Budget legislation to be signed soon includes $3.9 million for Schuette’s Flint-related expenses. It also has $11 million more this fiscal year for Gov. Rick Snyder and Schuette to defend lawsuits and secure legal advice.

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