Michigan eyes state budget surplus for Flint water costs

The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, Michigan(Reuters) – Michigan would tap its $575 million fiscal 2015 budget surplus to cover costs related to Flint’s water crisis, a spokesman for the state’s budget office said on Thursday. Kurt Weiss said that Budget Director John Roberts expects to ask the legislature this month for an appropriation to help Flint with short-term costs related to the city’s lead-contaminated drinking water. The financially strapped city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched its source of tap water to the nearby Flint River in April 2014 from Detroit’s water system to save money.

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