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Flint residents push for lawmakers to move forward with budget approval

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Flint's water was poisoned, but it hasn't hurt people's pride.

Every week James McKeny mows the overgrown lots next to his south-end home to maintain his neighborhood.

It's the problems buried beneath the surface the people can't control.

"Here we are. Still in the same boat and I don't see any future of it getting any better," McKeny said.

The residents of Flint want to see progress flow in the form of safe, clean water. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver traveled to Lansing on April 27 to do just that.

Weaver met with senators from both sides of the aisle. She pushed for a vote on a near $150 million supplemental budget that would, in part, fund lead line replacement.

"I wanted to speak about the concerns residents have and are we working together and are we trying to move forward to get what they need," Weaver said.

Weaver sat next to fellow democrat and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich as they met with Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekof.

She said it's the first time she's met the Republican senator and called their talks productive.

"It's always productive when you can sit down face-to-face with people and clear up any misconceptions or miscommunication," Weaver said.

The senate plans to bring the supplemental budget for Flint to the floor next week. Flint residents hope the hold-up will soon be over.

"They seem to be off in a far-distant land. So progress is slow and I think that's the biggest road block we run into. We need the people up at the top to come on down here to the bottom. Let's get this thing rolling," said David Duffy, Flint resident.

McKeny said he tries to do his part and now it's up to those in Lansing to do theirs.

"I would ask them to step up to the plate and let's get something done," he said.

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