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Governor, Flint mayor meet to talk about water crisis, cooperation

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Gov. Rick Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver met today to discuss the city’s water crisis, and the state’s role in solving a problem it helped create.

State-appointed emergency managers decided to save money by using the Flint River for drinking water damaged pipes. That move damaged pipes and caused lead to leach into the water. 

Following the meeting, Governor Snyder publicly apologized for a second time for the state’s role in Flint’s water crisis.

“We want to work closely together to earn the trust of the people of Flint,” he said.

Flint’s mayor says it might cost as much as $1.5 billion to fix and replace the city’s old pipes.

Governor Snyder said it’s too early to say how much that might cost, or how much might be paid by the state.

But Weaver said today’s meeting was a good start.

“We’re working together to move things forward, and we’re going to be putting some things in place. And this is good,” she said. This is a great day for the citizens of Flint, and I know they’re excited to hear this news.” 

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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