REPORT: Flint's Emergency Relief Funds Didn't Go to Clean Water

  • 01/16/2020 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
REPORT: Flint's Emergency Relief Funds Didn't Go to Clean Water
Almost precisely four years ago, then-Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan, after the drinking water source for the city changed.

The flawed transition resulted in lead from aging pipes leaking into the water supply, exposing 100,000 residents to contaminated water.

The water crisis continues to this day, despite $390 million in state aid. 

Almost half of that aid went to projects unrelated to producing safe drinking water. (Daily Caller)
 

About $129 million was spent on economic development and “social development,” nearly as much as the $144 million spent on safe drinking water, according to the state budget tally.

Money from a state water grant was used to bring “a youth basketball league back to the city after a fifteen-year absence,” according to the book “The Poisoned City.”

State water-crisis money has been providing free daycare for children ages 3 and under in the city, even though none of them were alive or in utero during the primary water crisis, a state spokesman acknowledged. The city switched from the problematic water supply in October 2015.

Kurt Weiss, spokesman for Michigan’s budget office, told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the original justification for daycare was that staff could monitor kids who had been exposed to lead for signs of developmental delays.

 
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