Governor Signs New Budget With Money For Flint, Invasive Species

Jun 30, 2016

Rick Snyder - file photo
Credit Mike Lanka / WMU University Relations

(MPRN-Holland) Governor Rick Snyder has signed the state budget for the coming fiscal year. 

The spending plan includes $234-million to help Flint recover from the drinking water crisis that began while the city was under the control of state-appointed emergency managers. Snyder said

“Let’s focus in on the recovery of Flint. Let’s make Flint a better, stronger place. It had many challenges before the water crisis. The water crisis was terrible. We’re addressing the features of that, but let’s strengthen the entire community for the long term.”

The new state budget also expands Medicaid dental services for kids to every county in the state. It also includes a $1-million  competition to come up with ways to keep invasive species out of the Great Lakes. Governor Snyder signed the budget bill in a ceremony Wednesday on the Lake Michigan shoreline.