Financially strapped Flint was under control of a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched its source of tap water from Detroit's system to the more corrosive water in the nearby Flint River in April 2014 to save money. He also is deploying more National Guard members to the city and promises to quickly release his emails regarding the crisis that has engulfed his administration with criticism from across the country. On Saturday, President Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint after a request by Snyder on Thursday.
"I'm sorry and I will fix it", said Snyder, a Republican. They know you never would have done this to a wealthy white suburb.
Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson slammed the toxic water contamination in Flint, Michigan, on Tuesday as a crime against humanity.
Additional filters, replacement filters and bottled water for residents would also be delivered, as well as financial assistance to Flint utilities to alleviate the need for the city to send out water shutoff notices to residents not paying their bills.
Rep. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville) says the Governor's plan is what the state needs to focus on.
Rick Snyder began his second term as MI governor promoting the same achievements that propelled him to victory in 2014: The state was in the midst of an economic comeback, and Detroit had emerged from bankruptcy.
Gov. Snyder was met by protesters outside the state capitol during his annual State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 19, but he addressed the issue to a standing room only crowd inside the capitol building. But the mayor also mentioned testing and replacing of water fixtures in schools, health tests for children, treatment of potential behavioral problems and a study of the structural integrity of the pipes and connections.
The mayor of Flint, Michigan, has been in Washington meeting with President Barack Obama's administration about the city's water crisis. Some lawmakers call it a solid first step, while others claim it falls short.
The City of Flint should also not be held responsible for the costs of reconnecting to the Detroit water system or the mounting legal fees the City will face as a result of decisions made under the State's watch.
"I give you my commitment that MI will not let you down", Snyder said, addressing the residents of Flint after. The move was meant to be a stop-gap measure until the pipeline to Port Huron Lake was completed for Flint's municipal water.
An attorney representing Flint residents who are suing MI officials over what his legal team calls the city's "lousy, no-good water" has a message for state officials targeted in the lawsuits: "Don't fight it". Lead is a poison that is harmful to humans when ingested and is detrimental to the neurological development of children and fetuses, with serious long-term side effects.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it acted too slowly to address the situation in Flint.
In the Michigan Democratic response to Snyder's address, legislators wore blue to symbolize support for Flint.