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Snyder offers the government's point of view in water crisis

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During his State of the State address, Gov. Rick Snyder offered a timeline of how Flint's water woes turned into a federal emergency.

"To the people of Flint, I will fix this," Snyder said. "You did not create this crisis and you do not deserve this. I want to tell you that you are not alone. The State of Michigan stands with you. I will spare no resource to effectively and permanently solve this crisis and ensure you have the quality of life you deserve."

An official request to the Legislature to address immediate, short-term funding to ensure everyone in Flint has clean water will cover costs such as:

  • Replacement of fixtures in schools, day cares and hospitals;
  • Treatment of children with high lead levels, including diagnostic testing, nurse visits and environmental assessments;
  • Child and adolescent health centers and additional support for children’s health care access;
  • An infrastructure integrity study for pipes and connections, using outside experts;
  • Providing aid to the city for utilities.

In his address, Snyder also acknowledged the problems in state government that allowed the Flint water crisis to occur.

"I will work to address the breakdown in state government that led to this crisis so that it never happens again," Snyder said. "You have my word that we will fix this, and everyone who works for state government must know -- any situation like this must come to my attention immediately. No delays, not excuses. We are accountable." 

Snyder said Flint was not the only place in Michigan that could have lead contamination issues. 

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee responded to Snyder's State of the State address, issuing a statement: 

“For those who think $28 million will begin to remedy the Flint water crisis, that is a fraction of the money city residents have paid for poisoned water that they cannot drink. Flint deserves an immediate response equal to the gravity of this ongoing public health emergency. A state-appointed emergency financial manager created this problem and the state must step up and do more to help Flint families and children right now.”

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