Skubick: State could be on hook for $200 million to fix Flint water

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The residents of Flint are another step closer tonight to getting $28 million state dollars to deal with the water crisis there as the senate budget committee has adopted that bill.

The governor wants another $28 million for Flint on top of the $10 million the legislature approved last fall.

Senator David Hildenbrand, the chair of the Senate budget committee, outlines where the money will be spent, “continuing to support the community with water, water filters and investing in health assessments so we can get a better idea on the impact the consumption of lead has had on the families and children in Flint.”

It is costing the state about $8 million a month to supply clean water to the families.

In a closed door cabinet meeting this week, the administration discussed a figure of $100-$200 million additional to address the crisis.

The governor’s budget director says that’s in the ballpark, but a final number has not been nailed down. “It’s very early to lock down any number,” says John Roberts. When asked if the number might be in the $100 million -$200 million range Roberts replied “there are definitely requests that fall where the amount could be absolutely in that and there’s requests where it could be more and there’s requests where it could be less.”

The big ticket item could be the total replacement of all the lead pipe service lines leading into Flint homes, but the budget director thinks that may not be needed. “I think there’s a lot of people who believe there’s parts of the systems that are intact and can stay that way without being replaced.”

The final cost to the state hinges on how much the federal government is willing to spend as well.

The president allocated $80 million just last week.

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