Michigan

Flint water crisis: Rick Snyder calls for $30 million to help pay for water bills

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is proposing $30 million in state funding to help pay the water bills of Flint residents facing an emergency over the city’s lead-contaminated water supply.

Snyder will brief city officials and pastors in Flint about the proposal Wednesday and outline it to lawmakers in his annual budget proposal next week, according to a statement his office provided to The Associated Press.

The money would cover the portion of residential customers’ utility bills for water used for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing hands.

Snyder says Flint residents “will not have to pay for water they cannot drink.”

The Republican-led Legislature would have to approve the plan. The state has allocated nearly $39 million in the current budget year to address Flint’s crisis.

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