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Mayor Weaver responds to Gov. Snyder's budget proposal

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver today said she appreciates Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to earmark $25 million for lead pipe removal in the city through a supplemental appropriation for 2016 but, Mayor Weaver noted it still falls short of the estimated $55 million it will cost to remove all lead pipes in the City’s water system.

She also said the funding included in the governor’s budget proposal for Flint water relief-- to address testing, children’s nutrition and water system costs-- is an important down payment toward alleviating the City’s water issues, brought on during Flint’s control by a state-appointed emergency manager.

“Job one for our City is to remove the lead pipes. Until that happens, Flint cannot move forward. Our citizens will not have confidence and trust in the water that comes from their faucets,” Weaver said.

“Gov. Snyder’s proposed supplemental appropriation is a down payment on lead pipe removal. We need more resources to complete the work and I urge the Legislature to move quickly in getting that money freed up so we can start work as quickly as possible,” she added.

Mayor Weaver called on state lawmakers to avoid adding unnecessary strings to that money to allow the City and other agencies to act as quickly as possible using local information to adapt to people’s needs.

She also noted that the long-term effects of lead poisoning means Flint residents, especially children, will need additional resources for years to come. “We need commitments for future funding, so that when the spotlight on the City dims, relief doesn’t end,” she said.

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