LANSING — Tuesday evening, Governor Rick Snyder gave his sixth State of the State Address.
One of the first things Snyder discussed was the Flint Water Crisis. The debacle has left thousands without usable water, and angry citizens were protesting outside the capitol leading up to the address.
“To you, the people of Flint, I say tonight, as I have before, I’m sorry, and I will fix it. No citizen of this great state should endure this kind of catastrophe. [The] 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.”
Michigan was voted the worst state in the nation for government transparency last year, and the Democrats are looking to change that. In their response, they slammed Republicans and the administration on their handling of the disaster.
“Lansing failed in one of it’s most basic functions, ensuring the well–being and health of it’s citizens. It seems like a story we’d hear about from some third world country, not the Great Lakes States, home of the world’s largest fresh water reserves. Republican politicians and bureaucrats endangered the lives of thousands of children by allowing them to drink unsafe water, saving a couple of bucks at the expense of children’s health,” said Tim Greimel, the House Democratic Leader, “Thousands of Parents are terrified for their children. and they rightly want answers on how this possibly could have happened. Unfortunately, Republicans in the legislature are taking a pass on holding the administration accountable for it. It’s disgraceful.”
Governor Snyder has agreed to release emails regarding Flint tomorrow, but that may not be enough for Michigan Democrats. They’ve recently introduced a new Michigan Freedom of Information Act bill that would cover the governor and legislature as well as other branches of government.