The budget measure was adopted and sent to the House floor by the GOP-controlled House appropriations committee. But not without attempts by Democrats to add money to forgive all of Flint residents’ water bills, instead of just 65 percent.
Democratic state Representative Jeff Irwin also called for starting work now on digging up and replacing lead pipes.
“And it’s been very frustrating for many of us here in the Legislature who want to answer the question for the people of Flint: When can they turn on their water and feel safe to use it?”
Republicans say it’s more important to do the job right, and money for replacing lead pipes will be in future budgets.