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Michigan Democrats Unimpressed With Snyder's State Of The State Address

Jan 20, 2016

Michigan State Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint)
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Michigan Democratic leaders say Governor Rick Snyder’s Flint apology during his State of the State speech is not enough.  

State Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich represents Flint.  He says Snyder still hasn’t taken full responsibility for his role in the water crisis:

“One of the things that’s really frustrating is there’s still this sort of decision to sort of rewrite history as opposed to be honest with the public, this body, and also the citizens of Flint.”

Meantime,


Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the state Capitol Tuesday night to protest Governor Rick Snyder’s handling of the Flint water crisis.  That’s as Snyder delivered his sixth State of the State address.  Katie Oppenheim is a registered nurse and president of the University of Michigan Nurse's Union.  She says the governor’s request for 28 million dollars for Flint is not enough:

“We have a $500 million or more surplus in the state of Michigan.  It seems to me that this would be a great use for that – just direct it right towards Flint.”

State House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel says he still doesn’t think Snyder has taken full responsibility for the crisis:

“He tried to cover himself and really blame others in the administration.  He really did not accept any personal responsibility for this.”

Democrats says Snyder should support legislation that would subject the governor’s office and state lawmakers to public information requests.  Democrats say those measures would have made it easier to find out what public officials knew about the Flint water crisis.

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— Jake Neher is the State Capitol Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org