Lawmakers approve $160M to aid Flint - WNEM TV 5

Lawmakers approve $160M to aid Flint

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A major chunk of money is on its way to help the city of Flint.

State lawmakers approved about $160 million for replacing thousands of lead pipes. That’s on top of money already committed to Flint, bringing the state’s total spending so far to about $235 million.

“We don't feel safe at all,” Tammy Loren said.

TV5 profiled Loren and her family a little over a month ago. Her four sons’ medical conditions have worsened and she doesn’t feel safe at home.

She said replacing all the lead pipes would certainly go a long way.

“There really hasn’t been enough done. It’s been over two years and we’re still going through the same thing,” Loren said.

Michigan lawmakers passed a funding budget which includes $160 million of state money, that includes $33 million for environmental quality, $25 million to remove lead pipes and a little over $14 million for the treasury category with nearly all of it going toward partial reimbursement for water bills dating back to April of 2014.

Six million dollars will also go to the state police, which will be used to purchase bottled water and filters once the Federal State of Emergency expires in August.

Fore Loren, she said more money to replace the pipes is a good start.

“If you don’t hit the main source of the problem, it’s not going to go away. No matter what kind of system you have installed in your home, it’s not going to stop it,” Loren said.

Loren said she's hesitant to get excited about water bill reimbursement and she'll believe it when she sees it.

“I think it's good but we haven't seen anything. After so long going through this. We're still paying for it. The credits that were given, it doesn't cover. It's basically one month's,” Loren said.

Even though she's happy to see money poured into Flint from the state, Loren said it's a long time coming and so much more needs to be done.

“The trust has been broken and it's going to take a very long time to be able to say we trust them,” she said. 

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