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Governor Snyder approves $30 million for Flint water bills

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill into law today giving Flint $30 million to cover the city’s water bills. The governor says people shouldn’t have to pay for water they can’t drink. 

The money will cover 65% of the water bills from the past two years. Flint residents are still responsible for paying city water and sewer fees.   

Pastor Jeffery Hawkins watched as the governor signed the legislation.

“Being a Flint resident myself and having to use the water… it is so great to know that this relief has been done,” says Hawkins.

But Flint leaders say the state must come up with more money or the city’s water fund may go broke.

Thousands of Flint residents have stopped paying for water that may be tainted with lead. Many are also upset that they pay, by some estimates, more for tap water than residents of any city in America.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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