LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Two lawsuits have been filed less than a week after a group of protesters took to the state Capitol to demand the governor’s resignation over the water crisis.
6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick tells us the governor hopes to build more trust during his State of the State address and one step he’s taking involves his email account.
The governor tells the National Journal the Flint water crisis has been a stain on his legacy, reflects poorly on his leadership, he reports his environmental department failed catastrophically and there were multiple failures at multiple levels including the EPA.
“Anytime you have people working for you, you have to take responsibility,” said Governor Rick Snyder.
“I think we had people in the organization that we’re being too technical, being too literal and basically just following kind of the manual of activities rather than asking tougher questions, using more common sense.”
This Flint democrat believes the governor has lost the trust of local residents.
“Without question, I think he knows that. And I think it’s real and it’s something that going to take a long time, if ever, for the people of Flint to trust state government and they probably never will trust him,” said State Senator Jim Ananich, (D), Flint.
The senate republican leader wants to focus on solutions, not blame.
Reporter: “Did he make mistakes?”
“You know again there are plenty of people looking for blame, but right now the people of Flint need clean water,” said Senator Arlan Meekhof (R), senate leader.
And the governor will call for $20 million to provide that clean water with more state aid in the pipeline.
And for those who accuse him of being incompetent, “you can say there were real challenges. Many people would apply that word,” said Governor Rick Snyder.
Reporter: “Do you?”
Governor Snyder: “Well again I’m not jumping to conclusions because I’m staying focused on the solution now.”
The governor will also agree to the release of his emails in an effort to regain some of the public trust that the democrats say he lost with his lack of leadership on the Flint water crisis.