Gov. Snyder signs $30 million aid package to help with water bills in Flint
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has authorized spending $30 million in aid to help pay Flint residents' water bills amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.
Snyder signed the legislation on Friday in Flint, saying people shouldn't have to pay for water they cannot drink.
The plan will pay for 65 percent of the water portion of the bills. That includes water used for drinking, cooking or bathing. Residents will still have to foot the sewage portion of their bills. The Republican-controlled Legislature had shot down Democrats' efforts to double the aid to cover people's entire water bills.
State regulators failed to require Flint to treat river water with anti-corrosion chemicals when its water source was switched in 2014, allowing lead to be scraped from aging pipes and into drinking water.