Michigan Gives Flint Residents $30 Million to Pay Water Bills

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Federal State Of Emergency Declared In Flint, Michigan Over Contaminated Water Supply
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Michigan officials are still waiting to find out whether they’ll be charged with manslaughter in the Flint water crisis, but in the meantime they’ve allocated $30 million to reimburse residents for the past two years’ water bills. Michigan governor Rick Snyder told Reuters he plans to sign the bill, which was passed unanimously by both the Michigan State House and Senate. A spokesperson for Snyder said the funds are meant to cover residential water payments from April 2014 through this April, when Flint’s tap water will allegedly be lead-free. Snyder said the state will “work with city leaders” to figure out exactly how those credits will be applied. (But they’re definitely called for: A study found that Flint residents were paying nearly double the national average for their bad water.) This brings the total emergency state funding for Flint up to $70 million — just a fraction of the $360 million Snyder has pledged to invest in the city.