LANSING, Mich. — Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D–Flint) issued the following response to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission’s report on the Flint water crisis:

“The presence of racial bias in the Flint water crisis isn’t much of a surprise to those of us who live here, but the Michigan Civil Rights Commission’s affirmation that the emergency manager law disproportionately hurts communities of color is an important reminder of just how bad the policy is. Now is the time to address this flawed law. The people of Flint deserve the same level of safety, opportunity and justice that any other city in Michigan enjoys.

“The commission also stressed that Michigan needs to be better prepared to manage environmental justice issues. I agree that this needs to be a priority—I have already introduced legislation for an environmental justice plan for public concerns to be heard and handled.

“The commission is correct: Flint and the government need to rebuild trust. Yet the state is planning to cut off utility credits at the end of the month and our water still isn’t safe to drink from the tap. We can’t, and we won’t, trust the state until the current administration proves that it is on our side.”

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