Michigan Senate OKs $30 million to cover Flint water bills - WNEM TV 5

Michigan Senate OKs $30 million to cover Flint water bills

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

The Michigan Senate has voted to spend $30 million to help pay the water bills of Flint residents who have a lead-contaminated water supply.

The bill approved 37-0 Thursday goes to the House for its consideration.

The city's water supply became contaminated when it switched its source from Detroit to the Flint River in 2014.

The aid would provide credit for the estimated portion of residential customers' bills for water that was or will be used for drinking, cooking or bathing from 2014 until this spring. Customers would remain responsible for paying for water used for other purposes, such as flushing toilets or washing clothes.

Majority Republicans rejected Democrats' calls to double the appropriation to $60 million so residents would be fully credited for their bills.

"Customers should be fully refunded for the financial burdens that they continue to suffer because we know the water is not safe. No customer would expect only a partial refund for a product that was unfit for use, and that actually poisoned them, so why should Flint residents? I keep hearing these are first steps and more action is coming, so I will continue to hold them accountable to keep these promises." - Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich

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