Democrats look to block spending on Snyder attorneys

Gov Rick SnyderDemocrats at the state Capitol say they plan to put up a fight over spending on criminal defense attorneys for Governor Rick Snyder. Those lawyers are defending him against legal troubles arising from the Flint water crisis.

Democrats say it’s appropriate for the state to pay for legal help to fend off civil lawsuits related to Flint. But state Representative Sam Singh says, if the governor is accused of breaking laws, it should be up to him to pay for his attorneys.

Singh says if the governor doesn’t want to pay for his own criminal attorneys, he can set up a legal defense fund.

“He could even go out and seek donations for that fund, but we shouldn’t be using taxpayer dollars.”

Last month, a state board approved up to 800 thousand dollars to pay for a criminal defense team for the governor.