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Governor Snyder signs $28 million in aid to Flint residents

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Staff writer ▼ | January 29, 2016
Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation bringing $28 million to immediately help families in Flint with lead testing, treatment and other emergency services.
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The funding was part of a multi-point relief package the governor outlined last week during his state of the state address to the Michigan Legislature.

Governor Snyder also renewed his call for additional federal funding and assistance. To date, the federal government has only earmarked $5 million in assistance for Flint.

This is the second emergency supplemental funding bill allocated to assist the city of Flint this fiscal year.

A previous $9.3 million package was approved in October 2015 to reconnect Flint to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, provide filters and water testing to residents, aid in follow-up health services for children and assist with plumbing inspections at schools and health facilities.

The Michigan House and Senate unanimously voted to pass a supplemental bill package today.

“Thanks to the swift action of the Legislature, this $28 million will provide the immediate resources needed in Flint,” Snyder said.

“I want the residents of Flint to know this supplemental funding is just one part of the solution for healing the city. The immediate needs will be met, but so will the long-term needs of residents with regard to public health, infrastructure replacement and community support.