Michigan Gov. Approves $30 Million Relief Plan For Flint Residents’ Water Bills
After making headlines for its public health crisis, Flint, Michigan is trying to clean up its act, starting with its lead-contaminated water system.
Yesterday (Feb. 26), Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill into law giving Flint residents $30 million to cover the city’s water bills used for drinking, cooking and bathing, Michigan Radio reports.
During a press conference on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at University of Michigan Flint – Riverfront Banquet Center, Synder expressed that the people should not have to pay for the water they can’t drink. “The safety and well-being of Flint families remains our top priority,” he continued.
While the plan will cover 65% of the water bills for the past two years, residents will still have to foot the bill for sewer fees due to the Republican-controlled Legislature not approving the Democrats’ efforts to double the aid to cover residents’ entire water bills. Although people will still have to cough off cash, Synder says that the Legislature’s approval of the aid was a “testament to the state’s continued commitment to helping during this crisis.”
According to Snyder spokeswoman Laura Biehl, the newly approved bill will bring the total emergency state funding for the city to $70 million.