Michigan Budget Focuses on Flint’s Children, Gives City $165M More

By Yessenia Funes Jun 30, 2016

The water recovery effort in Flint, Michigan, will get $165 million more from the budget bill Gov. Rick Snyder signed yesterday (June 29).

The $54.9 billion spending plan, which includes federal money, brings the total water crisis relief funding to $234 million. The bill allocates funds for developing new water sources, paying legal costs and addressing heath needs, especially those of toddlers.

Children were particularly vulnerable to Flint’s toxic drinking water, as no level of lead is safe for them, according to the CDC. On June 26 the agency released a study confirming that the city’s switch from Lake Huron water treated in Detroit to cheaper Flint River water caused a spike in children’s blood-lead levels. After the switch, kids younger than 6 were 46 percent more likely to have high blood-lead levels. Once the city returned to water from Detroit, children’s lead levels dropped.