Flint, Mich., Residents to Receive $30 Million to Help Pay Their Water Bills

The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate unanimously approved a bill that will give $30 million to residents of Flint so that they can pay their water bills after the lead-contamination crisis.

The Flint River flows in downtown Flint, Mich., Jan. 17, 2016.
The Flint River flows in downtown Flint, Mich., Jan. 17, 2016. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The Michigan Senate has unanimously approved a bill that will provide residents of Flint, Mich., with $30 milllion to help pay their water bills after the lead-contamination crisis, Reuters reports

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the bill, which had already been passed unanimously by the state’s House of Representatives last week. 

“The safety and well-being of Flint families remains our top priority,” said Snyder, whose administration, Reuters notes, has been blasted for its response to the public health crisis.

According to the report, the approved funding would help provide residents with credits to cover their water bills from April 2014 through April 2016, or until the water is clean, Snyder spokeswoman Laura Biehl said, according to Reuters. The newly approved bill would bring total emergency state funding for the poverty-stricken city to $70 million. 

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