Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) opened his sixth annual State of the State address in the State House in Lansing, Michigan Tuesday evening with an apology to Flint residents.
“To you, the people of Flint, I want to say tonight as I have before, I am sorry and I will fix it. No citizen of this great state should endure this kind of catastrophe. Government failed you… federal, state, and local leaders by breaking the trust you placed in us. I’m sorry most of all that I let you down. You deserve better. You deserve accountability. You deserve to know that the buck stops here, with me. Most of all, you deserve to know the truth and I have a responsibility to tell you the truth.”
Governor Snyder went on to say he will release his 2014 and 2015 emails regarding Flint on Wednesday.
“Tomorrow I will release my 2014 and 2015 emails regarding Flint to you, the citizens, so that you have answers to your questions about what we’ve done and what we’re doing to make this right for the families of Flint. Anyone will be able to read this information for themselves at Michigan.gov/Snyder. Because the most important thing we can do right now is to work hard and work together for the people of Flint. I know apologies won’t make up for the mistakes that were made—nothing will. But, I take full responsibility to fix the problem so that it never happens again”
Snyder asked the Legislature for a $28.5-million supplemental appropriation to cover the following immediate needs to help Flint residents:
- Daily door-to-door distribution of bottled water, water filters, filter replacements and water testing kits.
- Increasing the number of Michigan National Guard troop.
- $2 million to stop any threatened shut-off of water notices and other utility related issues.
- About $1 million to increase the number of nurses and other health professionals.
Flint, Michigan residents have been facing the ongoing water crisis since April 2014 when a change in water source caused lead contamination of the city’s water supply.
Here are the immediate reactions to Snyder’s SOTS: