A lot of promises have been made. Now, let’s make sure those promises are kept!
In his recent State of the State Address, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder devoted much of his speech to the man-made water crisis in Flint. To his credit, and under fire, Snyder apologized to the people of Flint. He personally admitted that he and government failed those residents. Most importantly, the state’s CEO vowed to fix the problem! It’s a good first step for a leader who prides himself on “relentless positive action.”
To make sure this never happens again, the Governor is initially requesting $28 million for Flint from state funds. The Michigan Legislature should quickly make the approval. Snyder is sending in more Michigan National Guardsmen, requiring lead testing in all schools and requesting a thorough examination of Flint’s infrastructure.
Snyder is releasing all of his e-mails from 2014 and 2015. But full transparency would include your 2013 e-mails, as well as Flint water related e-mails of your entire executive staff. And, as we urged last March in a WXYZ Editorial, support legislation that would make you, the Lt. Governor and state lawmakers subject to Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act.
Another point, Flint residents should not have to pay bills for dirty water!
Michigan’s commitment to Flint must be aggressive, sincere and long-term. Government exists to protect people, especially those who have the least! A “humbling experience” Governor Snyder says he has now leaned. His actions will speak louder than words. We’ll be watching, along with the rest of the nation.
I’m Mike Murri, Vice President & General Manager
Broadcast: January 21 - 24, 2016