LANSING, Mich. — Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D–Flint) is calling for emergency funding to address the public health crisis in Flint.
“It’s clear the state was responsible for this crisis, so it’s also responsible for providing the resources to fix it,” Sen. Ananich said. “Although we may not see the full effects of the damage for years, we can’t wait that long to deliver desperately needed aid.”
Sen. Ananich has requested the state immediately:
Sen. Ananich said these urgent programs should not wait. The Governor should acknowledge that this problem requires more than a temporary, patched fix because the scope of its consequences will need to be addressed for years to come.
“The residents of Flint need more than Governor Snyder repeating all the ‘great’ work they are doing because they aren’t seeing it,” Sen. Ananich said. “Flint needs a real plan and a commitment to providing needed answers and fixes — things that can be discovered through legislative hearings.”
For months, Sen. Ananich has asked the State Legislature to hold legislative oversight hearings into the Flint water crisis. In September 2015, he also requested the involvement of Michigan State Police and National Guard emergency response professionals in Flint to ensure effective distribution of filters and bottled water. Both requests would have helped to prevent ongoing exposure to lead in Flint’s drinking water.
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