Michigan House committee OKs $30M to cover Flint water bills

Posted at 9:34 AM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 09:34:12-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan legislative committee has approved spending $30 million to help cover the water bills of Flint residents confronting a lead-contaminated supply.

The budget legislation unanimously OK’d Wednesday moves to the full House for consideration, possibly later in the day. It won approval from the Senate nearly two weeks ago.

The bill backed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder would cover about two-thirds of the water portion of people’s water/sewer bills, dating back nearly two years. Republicans blocked Democrats’ attempt to spend $60 million to fully cover waters bills, including water not consumed or used to cook or bathe.

Separately, Snyder is pushing $165 million in additional spending over this fiscal year and next for lead pipe replacement, bottled water, filters, health care and other services.