Who’s paying for the Flint fix?

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The State Senate approved a bill for 30 million dollars to help aid Flint.

That bill still has to go to the House of Representatives for approval.

Governor Rick Snyder has proposed three bills in the past few months.

The first was a nine million dollar bill in October to reconnect flint to Detroit’s water supply and pay for testing kits, water filters, and aid for children.

The next was a bill approved last week, for 28 million for nurses in local schools and treat children with high levels of lead.

But the most recent bill tops them all with a total of 30 million dollars.

If approved, that money will go towards paying Flint resident’s water bills.

According to Senator Dave Hildenbrand R-Lowell, the cash for the first two bills come from extra money left over in this year’s budget.

“We have about a ten billion dollar general fund in the state of Michigan, which we appropriate out for all kinds of different functions of state government.” Senator Hildenbrand, R-Lowell said.

“We do have a little bit of surplus money and so the money that we are dedicating to Flint, and appropriating for Flint and the water crisis in Flint, is some of that general fund money..” Senator Hildenbrand said.

And although that money, will not dip into other resources, if that wasn’t going to Flint, according to Hildenbrand that money could have been added to other programs throughout the state.

“It could be addition spending, like schools or public safety or health care. It could be put in our states rainy day fund… or it could be sent back to the tax payers in a form of a tax relief package of some kind. “ Hildenbrand said, as he explains options the legislature decide on at the end of the year.

All bills that have been approved by the state have passed unanimously in the House and Senate.

More details about the 30 million dollar bill will be released sometime next week.

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