Fixing Flint: Officials focused on rebuilding

(WLNS) – A new pundit poll asked 100 of Michigan’s political insiders what Governor Snyder’s legacy will be. The results are not good for the governor. 60 percent think Governor Snyder’s ultimate legacy will be weak, or pretty bad. Only 2 percent think his legacy will be strong, while 34 percent think it will be decent.

It’s been four months since Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint because of the failing infrastructure and lead contaminated water.

Matt Resch is the president of Resch strategies, who co-sponsored a new report which polled political insiders across Michigan showing Snyder’s legacy will be weak.

“It’s clearly a problem that didn’t happen overnight and I think that the governor and his team are finding out it’s not something that you can solve overnight.”

Resch added the PR headache won’t end with fixing the problem.

“I think they’re doing a lot of work right now to reassure people to fix the problem, but perception is gonna follow that by a long time,” Resch said.

That perception doesn’t surprise Michigan Senator Gary Peters.

“It certainly doesn’t come as a surprise at all, and the more emails that are being disclosed it seems that more questions are being raised,” Peters said.

At the federal level, Peters and Senator Debbie Stabenow announced Thursday a bipartisan agreement to help families in Flint passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

“This is a very complex problem that we’re facing in Flint, and so it’s gonna take a really multi-faceted approach in order to deal with it.”

That includes immediate $100 million in federal funding for an emergency infrastructure program, low-
Interest loans and assistance to those exposed to lead.

“Everybody is looking to see whether or not the state steps up and makes sure to take care of all of the needs of Flint,” Peters said.

While those in Flint and in Washington wait to see what the state does, Peters is confident the legislation will be passed in the full senate in the next few weeks.

Senator Peters says the problem of lead contamination is not just confined to Flint. Other communities will also be able to apply for grant money in this legislation.

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