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Six criminally charged in Flint water crisis once again getting state paychecks

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver
Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio
“It makes you question what people’s priorities are," Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says after learning that six state workers accused in Flint's water crisis are once again getting state paychecks.";s:

Six state workers accused of criminal wrongdoing in the Flint Water Crisis are getting their state paychecks once again - and Flint’s mayor is not happy that.

The six suspended state workers are charged with a total of 18 felony charges. They were initially suspended without pay, but their pay was reinstated this week.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver doesn’t think the six should be getting a state paycheck.

“It makes you question what people’s priorities are,” Weaver told reporters today.  

The mayor notes that Flint continues to struggle to find the money it needs to replace pipes damaged by improperly treated Flint River water. Those pipes continue to leech lead into the city’s tap water, 10 months after the city switched back to water from Detroit.

The six workers (Stephen Busch, Michael Prysby, Adam Rosenthal and Patrick Cook with the Department of Environmental Quality and Nancy Peeler and Robert Scott with the Department of Health and Human Services) have a combined annual salary of approximately $500,000. 

In all, nine people face criminal charged in the Flint Water Crisis, with more charges potentially down the road.

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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