Legislative leaders hope to end standoff on money for Flint, Macomb sinkhole

moneySpring break is over for the Legislature. And now one of the first jobs facing returning lawmakers is ending a standoff over money to help Macomb County deal with a giant sinkhole.

The sinkhole is as big as a football field and displaced two dozen families. It also threatens to rupture sewer lines that could send a giant mess into Lake Saint Clair, which is part of the Great Lakes system.

The state House approved a three million dollar grant. The Senate wants the money to be a loan.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof says there’s been a number of meetings with Governor Rick Snyder and House leaders to try to resolve the impasse.

“Lots of discussions, but no decisions yet.”

The standoff is also holding up 100 (m) for new Flint water pipes, which is part of the same budget bill.