Snyder budget proposal falls short for some Flint residents - WNEM TV 5

Snyder budget proposal falls short for some Flint residents

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

Quincy Murphy drove to Lansing to listen to Gov. Rick Snyder's budget proposal.

"Day late. Dollar short. What he's talking about as far as budgeting for the city of Flint," Murphy said.

Murphy is a Flint resident who is trying to get Snyder recalled. Murphy said the $195 million in new proposed spending for the Vehicle City falls short.

"I didn't think that he extended enough funding that the city of Flint needs in order to fix the infrastructure and lead lines in all residential homes," Murphy said.

The proposal includes $30 million Snyder already announced as part of a plan to credit Flint residents for part of the cost of water that has been billed to them since April 2014.

The plan additionally calls for:

  • $37 million dollars to go towards safe drinking water efforts.
  • $15 million dollars for food and nutrition in order to combat lead exposure.
  • $63 million dollars to go towards improving the well-being of Flint residents.
  • $50 million dollars to be placed in a reserve fund in order to be set aside for future expenses not yet determined.

Rick Carter listened to Snyder as well. He said he shares Murphy's concerns.

"It's a start. But I'm really concerned about the details. What does all that mean in terms of how it's going to be sent to the community?" Carter said.

During the presentation you could hear protesters standing outside the room making their voices heard about the Flint water crisis.

One state representative said that no matter what the governor does these folks will never be happy.

"I think it's an unfortunate thing. I think that this has gotten a lot of attention across the country when in reality this has happened in other major cities," said Rep. Tim Kelly. "You know this happened in D.C. in [2004], did you ever hear about that? No. Because there wasn't a republican governor to skewer in that."

Kelly is a Republican state representative from Saginaw Township. He supports Snyder's budget proposal for Flint.

"We've taken culpability for our errors in this tragic situation and I think he's stepping forward where others haven't," Kelly said.

Murphy said he wants Flint to see all of the money in the proposed budget and then some.

"I hope that we're able to get some of what we need. But I think we need more than what he just proposed," Murphy said.

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