Protesters and lawmakers react to State of the State address

As Gov. Rick Snyder delivered the State of the State address, protestors were at the steps of the Capitol.

The speech took a tone of crisis from Flint water to Detroit Public Schools. Snyder said he will spend millions of dollars and commit the next three years to fixing the problem.

They marched on Lansing levering no question to what they want.

"We've got a full charter bus that came down," said one protester. "We have people coming down from all across the country in support of Flint, Michigan. We're not just fighting for ourself now. We are fighting for the whole country so nobody will ever get treated this way again."

There is no question who they blame.

"The governor and the republican friends are who is responsible," said one protester from the United Auto Workers Union. "They have the blood of our children on their hands."

There is no question to how they feel.

"He is continuing to throw plastic bottles of water that we cannot bathe in, cannot wash our clothes in, at us," said Flint resident Melissa Mays. “And that's not what we want. We are not beggars. We are not begging for bottled water. We want our pipes replaced and we want them replaced now."

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson was also in town supporting the protesters.

"The governor was contrite with this national crime scene," Jackson said. "People of Flint have been betrayed."

"There are a lot of people that want to point fingers and play the blame game," said Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter (R). "I would submit that now is not the time. We need to contain the threat first."

Rep. Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) said she was happy that Snyder is taking responsibility.

"But if he continues to place blame on our state departments including DEQ and DHHS, I believe he is pointing fingers," she said. "(It is) some department he oversees and that he really has control over."

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said that the investigation of what happened will be thorough.

"We're going to look thoroughly and exhaustively," he said. "Without fear or favor, the chips fall where they may. And my job as attorney general is to enforce and examine the laws and that's what I'll do.

As for the other crisis, Detroit schools need a plan to address a $500 million debt and fast.

The people of Flint are running out of patience. The governor says he has a plan, but will we have the time to see it out?

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