MI Senate OKs $30 million to cover Flint water bills

Potentially lead-tainted water flows from a kitchen sink tap in Flint in January 2016.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate has voted to spend $30 million to help pay the water bills of Flint residents who have a lead-contaminated water supply.

The bill approved 37-0 Thursday goes to the House for its consideration.

The city’s water supply became contaminated when it switched its source from Detroit to the Flint River in 2014.

The aid would provide credit for the estimated portion of residential customers’ bills for water that was or will be used for drinking, cooking or bathing from 2014 until this spring. Customers would remain responsible for paying for water used for other purposes, such as flushing toilets or washing clothes.

Gov. Rick Snyder proposed the $30 million in state funding to reimburse Flint residents on Wednesday.

“We want to provide relief to Flint residents who were paying for water they could not drink,” Gov. Snyder said in a news release. “The entire state continues to demonstrate unity in coming together for the residents of Flint, and I greatly appreciate the acts of cooperation, bipartisanship and good will that are advancing Flint’s recovery.”

Majority Republicans rejected Democrats’ calls to double the appropriation to $60 million so residents would be fully credited for their bills.


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