Kildee on finding solutions for Flint water crisis

This Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 photo shows a sign on an archway at the edge of downtown Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

FLINT, Mich. (WOOD) — The water crisis in Flint drags on and many, including the U.S. congressman from that area, want more action, more quickly.

“But what is being offered is not enough to make it right. In a way it’s like a second insult to this community of mine,” Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, told 24 Hour News 8.

“I’m also concerned about the size of the response is not anywhere near equal to the size of this challenge. Just in rough form the amount of money the state has committed is a close approximation to the amount of money that people in Flint paid for water that poisoned their kids,” said Kildee.

The scope of the problem is huge, 100,000 people including children exposed to unfit water contaminated with lead and Kildee says it’s the states fault.

Kildee wants more money from Lansing now and in the long term saying the approach needs to be “a 10-year, 15-year, 20-year period of recovery from the exposure to lead. It really does beg for a much larger response than what we have seen so far.”

The governor’s current proposal for next year’s budget calls for more than additional $200 million for services and recovery but does not reach the mark for the Flint congressman.

“To see this happen, it makes me sad in one way but I have to admit for the most part it makes me angry,” Kildee said.

Kildee talked with 24 Hour News 8’s Police Reporter Rick Albin and will be his guest this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on “To The Point.”



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