Michigan committee OKs $28 million for Flint water emergency

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are moving quickly to approve Gov. Rick Snyder’s request for $28 million more to address the drinking water crisis in Flint.

The House Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Wednesday for the aid. The full House could vote later in the day.

The funding — which follows the Legislature’s $9 million allocation toward the crisis in the fall — would pay for more bottled water, filters, health treatment, water testing and help the city offset unpaid water bills. The money also would cover the replacement of plumbing fixtures in schools, day cares and medical facilities.

Snyder said in Tuesday’s annual State of the State speech that the $28 million is not his last budget request for Flint. He is expected to include additional funding in his February budget proposal.

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