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Top state House Democrat: Snyder should resign

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Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov) Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov)
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

The top Democrat in the Michigan House is the first state lawmaker to call for Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's resignation over Flint's lead-contaminated water crisis.

House Minority Leader Tim Greimel said Wednesday that Snyder should step down because of "actions of negligence and indifference, and a culture he has created that lacks transparency and accountability."

The city, which switched its water source in 2014 while under state financial management, is under a state of emergency. Lead from aging pipes leached into drinking water, and a Legionnaires' disease outbreak potentially linked to the Flint River caused nine deaths.

A spokesman for Snyder could not immediately be reached. The governor, who has apologized, has refused to resign and says he is committed to fixing the problem.

Also Wednesday, a document shows that Michigan blocked Flint from switching back to Detroit's water system under the terms of a $7 million loan.

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