Russell Padmore, a business correspondent from the BBC, talks about what Gov. Rick Snyder is doing on his European trip, and how much of an impact foreign visits by American elected officials can have.
Listen to the full interview on Stateside below.
Listen to the full interview with Russell Padmore from the BBC.
Governor Snyder left for Europe this weekend in a quest for jobs and economic investment for Michigan but he’s also heading overseas in an effort to reclaim the two and half years he has left in office.
Since January, Snyder has basically been the governor of Flint (not that Flint residents are too happy about that).
Two years ago today, the city of Flint switched its drinking water source from the Detroit River to the Flint River – water we now know was not treated with corrosion control chemicals. Water that went on to corrode pipes and cause lead to leach into people's drinking water.
Governor Rick Snyder is pledging to drink filtered Flint tap water for the next 30 days.
People in Flint don’t trust that special filters are enough to clean lead from their tap water. In many homes, the level of lead in unfiltered tap water is well above the federal action level of 15 parts per billion.
In Flint today, the governor encouraged city residents to trust the filters. Snyder says he filled up several gallon jugs today at a home with a lead service line that has tested above the federal action level for lead in the past.
Democrats in the Legislature say they’ll try to stop the state from spending taxpayer dollars on Governor Rick Snyder’s criminal defense team.
State Rep. Sam Singh, D-East Lansing, says the state is responsible for defending the governor against civil lawsuits. But he says the governor should pick up the costs of his own criminal
“You know, I would suggest the governor do what other elected officials have done and create his own legal defense fund, which the law allows for, and do it that way, and not use our taxpayer dollars for criminal defense lawyers.”