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Snyder signs legislation updating Michigan’s Safe Drinking Water Act

Governor Rick Snyder and Representative Sheldon Neeley celebrate the signing of the water legislation at Grace Emmanuel Church in Flint. Photo Credit: Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder and Representative Sheldon Neeley celebrate the signing of the water legislation at Grace Emmanuel Church in Flint.
Photo Credit: Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder signed a bipartisan bill Friday that will require public water supply systems to tell customers about elevated lead levels. The law would require notification within three days of discovering lead levels are above the federal action level. Notification is already required – but the three-day rule is new. Governor Rick Snyder said the bill is an important first step.
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For the first time, bottled water is expected to outsell soft drinks this year

An increase in buyer awareness, and concerns of water contamination – most notably in Flint – are said to have contributed to an uptick in bottled water sales.

For the first time, bottled water is expected to outsell soft drinks this year. Continue reading

Pregnant women and children in Flint should continue drinking bottled water, says Flint medical society

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The Genesee County Medical Society this week said pregnant women and children in Flint should use an abundance of caution when it comes to drinking water.

The group said filters work when used correctly. But they say it’s better for pregnant women and children to be cautious, and drink bottled water. Continue reading

The state is offering to forgive student loan debt for medical professionals in Genesee County

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In a move to address health concerns among Flint residents related to the water crisis, the state is offering to forgive student loans for health care professionals in Genesee County.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human services is offering to forgive up to 50 thousand dollars of student loans for as many as 15 health professionals. Continue reading

MI House poised to adopt funds to help Flint with water bills

money-coinsThe state House is expected to vote tomorrow (Thu.) to spend 30 (m) million dollars to help Flint residents with their water bills.

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. Continue reading

Democrats renew calls for legislative hearings on Flint water crisis

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Democrats in the state Legislature say lawmakers should get an opportunity to question people under oath about the Flint water crisis.

They’ve introduced a resolution that would give a state Senate panel subpoena power to investigate the situation. They say lawmakers have a duty to exercise their oversight powers to hold public officials accountable.


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Snyder says Flint will be fixed

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Governor Rick Snyder devoted most of Tuesday’s State of the State speech to the Flint water crisis. He promised to fix the problems that started while the city was under state emergency management. And he promised to do a better job of helping the public understand what went wrong.

It was a humbled Governor Snyder who took to the podium for the sixth State of the State address of his administration.

A year ago, he was just-reelected to a second-term, pondering a bid for the presidency, and basking in the apparent success of Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy.

Today, the governor’s reputation for can-do accomplishment has been shredded by the water crisis in Flint. Children are showing elevated lead levels that could lead to all sorts of neurological and developmental health risks.

A visibly emotional Governor Snyder told Flint residents fixing that is a responsibility he takes personally.

“I give you my commitment that Michigan will not let you down.”

That’s after months of administration officials denying was a problem, followed by a shakeup that cost at least two senior environmental officials their jobs, and last week, the state asking the federal government for help.

The Obama administration partially approved the request for assistance. This is White House Press Secretary Joshua Earnest.

“This is obviously an effort that should be led by state and local officials, but the federal government is mobilizing significant resources to support that ongoing effort.”

That includes sending bottled water from emergency reserves and sending advisors to help the city tap into more federal resources.

Governor Snyder said he will ask the federal government to send more help. He also promised a short – and long-term strategy for helping Flint and other cities with water infrastructure.

The governor called the Flint water crisis a failure at “every level of government” – city, county, state, and federal.

“We will not stop working for the people of Flint until every single person has clean water every single day no matter what.”

The sounds of protests could be heard inside the Capitol even as the governor delivered his speech.

“What do want?” “Clean water!” “When do we want it?” “Now!”

Nayyarah Shariff was one of those demonstrators. She said it took too long for the state to acknowledge the problem and to start doing something about it.

“And now we’ve got the whole world looking at Rick Snyder and, hopefully, that will force him to change, because we had to drag him kicking and screaming into this fight.”

In the speech, Snyder promised to release his e-mails related to the Flint water crisis to show what his administration did right, and to help the public understand how things went wrong.

Rick Snyder and his aides said they understand the reality that he owns the problem. And that it’s up to Rick Snyder to fix it.