State lawmakers weigh in on Flint water crisis - and what now

- Lawmakers are waiting to hear from the governor and how much state revenue will be needed to tackle the lead in the water contamination crisis in Flint.

FOX 2's Tim Skubick reports a complete re-do of the water system in the city may be needed.

It's the biggest challenge of the governor's political career as he is taking hits at the local and national level for allegedly mishandling the lead contamination water problem in Flint.

"It was a negative role on all levels of government," said Rep. Al Pscholka. "Somebody messed up. There was messing up in a lot of places."

However the senate GOP leader claims Gov. Rick Snyder is doing a good job.

"We want to stay by to help the governor," said Senate GOP Leader Arlan Meekhof. "He has done a good job with water filters, bottled water and the national guard. We want to stand by to be prepared to help."

There is a long-term cost if the state has to pay for a complete overhaul of the Flint water infrastructure.

If the governor says I have scientific proof that we have to remove some of the pipes, it is going to get done," said Sen. Rick Jones. "As for the cost, we need it so little children have clean water."

The governor's staff met with Flint lawmakers updating on what’s being done. 

But are Michigan taxpayers willing to spend the money to address all these needs?

"I think when it comes to lead in the water, brain damage, I think most people are compassionate to know we have to make sure the kids get the help they need," said Ananich.
 


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