$55 Billion State Budget Agreement Passed with Flint Aid
The Michigan House and Senate passed a $55 budget agreement late Wednesday night which includes $114.3 million in immediate aid for the Flint water crisis.
According to MLive, the additional money for Flint is in the form of a supplemental appropriation for the current fiscal year which ends on September 30th. The new fiscal year begins on October 1st.
Some of the immediate funding for Flint will go to the investigation into the water crisis, federal child care and development funds for emergency needs, payment to the city's water department for service costs from July through September, credits to water customers accounts and other areas. The next fiscal year budget also includes money for Flint bringing the total to $165 million.
In a statement, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said "while the $25 million allocated for my FAST Start program to replace lead-tainted pipes in Flint is less than half the amount needed, I'm grateful lawmakers have directed $165 million more to help Flint, it's residents and businesses deal with the water crisis we're still living with every day. I encourage lawmakers to address the education, health, economic and infrastructure needs in Flint caused by this man-made disaster."