Michigan Senate unanimously approves $28M more in funding for Flint water crisis
Emergency spending bill up for voting includes money for bottled water
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Senate has unanimously approved $28 million in additional funding to address the lead contamination of Flint's water.
The emergency spending bill includes money for more bottled water and filters and services to monitor for developmental delays in young children. The funds also will help the city with unpaid water bills and cover testing, monitoring and other costs.
It is the second round of state funding allocated since the lead contamination was confirmed in the fall.
The House is expected to send the legislation to Gov. Rick Snyder later Thursday.
State regulators permitted Flint to not treat water for corrosion after the city switched its supply in 2014. That allowed lead from old pipes to leach into the water.
Snyder has promised to set aside more funding for Flint in his upcoming budget proposal.
A look the bigger allocations included in the funding:
— $4.6 million for bottled water, filters and replacement cartridges.
— $3. 9 million to treat children with high blood-lead levels.
— $3 million to help the city with unpaid water bills.
— $2 million for Flint water system needs.
— $2 million for "early on" assessments and special education services in the county school district and to hire a psychologist.
— $2 million for Michigan National Guard support for three months.
— $1.6 million for child/adolescent health centers and health programs.
— $1.5 million for field operations costs.
— $1.1 million for nutrition support, food banks and community education
— $1 million for nutrition education and screening in the
— $500,000 for nurse services.
— $500,000 to conduct an infrastructure integrity study with outside experts.
— $500,000 for mental health crisis counseling.
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