LANSING, Mich. — Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D–Flint) issued the following statement regarding charges announced this morning in the Flint water crisis:

“These charges are an important step on a very long journey to getting justice for the people of Flint. I have said from the beginning that anyone who played a role in harming my city—no matter who—needs to be held accountable for their actions.

“I found it incredibly disappointing that the governor responded by defending staff rather than showing concern for Flint. His comments erode trust in government. No one, no matter how important their job, is above the law.”