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Michigan will borrow $600M for Flint water settlement

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Posted at 10:46 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 10:46:19-05

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers plan to begin swiftly passing a plan to borrow $600 million to fund the state’s proposed settlement with the residents of Flint, who sued after their municipal water supply was contaminated with elevated levels of lead.

Under the bipartisan legislation up for a vote Wednesday, the loan from a state economic development fund would cost more than $1 billion to repay over 30 years — $35 million annually.

It's believed to be the state government’s largest-ever legal settlement.

Flint switched its drinking water source in 2014 in a money-saving move while under supervision of a state financial manager.