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Michigan Lawmakers Return To Work On Detroit And Flint Issues

Apr 11, 2016

Michigan State Capitol Building
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The Legislature returns to Lansing this week following a two-week spring break.  Big issues facing lawmakers include the Flint water crisis and a Detroit Public Schools bailout. 

The House Republican leader says the indictments of a dozen Detroit school administrators on corruption charges raises the bar for a financial bailout of the broke district.  Governor Rick Snyder says that’s a reality that will have to be dealt with. 

“Well I think it makes it more challenging in terms of the indictments.”

But he says the district is broke, and state taxpayers could be on the hook for a lot more if the Legislature doesn’t act.  He also wants the Legislature to send millions of dollars to Flint to address the city’s drinking water crisis that started under a state takeover.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org