Michigan House Approves $28M in Aid for Flint

Karen Weaver
Flint, Mich. Mayor Karen Weaver responds to a reporter's question at a news conference during the U..S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan will commit $28 million in the short term to pay for filters, bottled water and health professionals in Flint's water crisis. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The Michigan House has approved Gov. Rick Snyder’s request for $28 million more to deal with Flint’s drinking water crisis.

The House voted unanimously Wednesday, and the measure moves to the Senate for expected action next week.

The funding, which follows the Legislature’s $9 million allocation toward the crisis in the fall, would pay for more bottled water, filters, health treatment, water testing and help the city offset unpaid water bills. The money also would cover the replacement of plumbing fixtures in schools, daycares and medical facilities.

Snyder said in Tuesday’s annual State of the State speech that the $28 million is not his last budget request for Flint. He is expected to include additional funding in his February budget proposal.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration has released more than 270 pages of his emails related to the Flint water crisis.

The emails were posted Wednesday on his website, www.michigan.gov/snyder.

The second-term Republican pledged during his annual State of the State speech Tuesday night to fix the emergency in Flint and to have greater transparency by releasing his own emails on the matter. He’s not required to do so under state law.

Flint’s water became contaminated with too much lead when an emergency city manager appointed by Snyder switched its water source to the Flint River in 2014 to cut costs.

Lead contamination can lead to behavior problems and learning disabilities in children and kidney ailments in adults.

Flint’s 100,000 residents are unable to drink unfiltered tap water. The National Guard, state employees, local authorities and volunteers are distributing lead tests, filters and bottled water.

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