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Snyder proposes $30M for water bill credits, infrastructure not priority

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Gov. Rick Snyder was in Flint on Wednesday to discuss his newest proposal for the water crisis: a $30 million credit for flint resident's water bills.

“I believe this is a very positive step forward in terms of a proposal and I think it will also help the city in terms of the concerns about their finances and having resources,” Snyder said.

While he was in town, the governor was questioned on his plan to move Flint forward by making the water safe to drink again.

“Let’s recoat the pipes, let’s do tests to re-establish water can safely be drank,” Snyder said. “Then do an infrastructure study to find where the lead services lines are then the question of replacing lead service lines.”

But the governor's plan is different from what the mayor of Flint Karen Weaver announced on Tuesday.

Weaver said all lead lines must be removed immediately.

"What I'm doing is following the protocol I'm getting from the experts and that includes Professor Edwards which you go through a series of steps that do eventually get to the pipe question," Snyder said.

Weaver released a statement on Wednesday in response to Snyder's $30 million credit.

"When he announced the $28 million I said, that was a good first step, but there is more to come," Weaver said. "This is a good second step, but there's still more to come. We will continue to talk and negotiate about what else we need because we know this will be helpful, but we need a lot more."

>>READ MORE: Weaver: 'Lead pipes have got to go.'<<

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