Flint water crisis

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: Can Michigan grow its ‘blue economy’ while facing fallout from climate change?

BY: - August 2, 2021

A 2015 study exploring Michigan’s “blue economy” forecast a prosperous future in which Michigan’s enormous water resources would serve as the catalyst for thousands of high-paying new jobs as the state becomes the world’s “freshwater innovation capital.” “One hundred years after launching the industrial revolution, we look to a new green-blue revolution consisting of sustainable […]

9 officials charged for Flint water crisis, Snyder pleads not guilty

BY: - January 14, 2021

Updated, 3:27 p.m., 1/14/21 Former Gov. Rick Snyder and eight other high-level officials have been charged in connection with the water crisis that devastated the city of Flint. The scandal left at least 12 people dead and thousands of people, including children, with lead-contaminated drinking water in what residents, activists and researchers have described as […]

Updated: Former Gov. Snyder charged in Flint water crisis probe

BY: - January 13, 2021

Updated 5:48 p.m., 1/12/21, 9:47 p.m., 1/13/21 with charges Republican former Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday was charged in connection with the Flint water crisis. He faces two counts of willful neglect of duty, misdemeanors which could each result in up to a year in prison and as much as a $1,000 fine. On Tuesday, […]

While you were out: Gov. signs Flint settlement bills, Supreme Court blesses Benson sending absentee ballot applications

BY: - January 4, 2021

As the 2019-20 Michigan Legislative session came to an end last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed several bills into law. Similarly, the Michigan State Supreme Court carried out session-ending action.  Flint water settlement bills  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed Senate Bill 1251 and Senate Bill 1252, which creates the Flint Settlement Trust Fund within […]

Criminal justice reform, Flint settlement, electronic meetings bills head to gov’s desk

BY: - December 17, 2020

As the clock ticks on the 2020 Lame Duck session, state lawmakers on Wednesday chose not to heed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s repeated pleas to take up a substantial COVID-19 relief bill for the state. There is a chance the chambers pass a supplemental bill before the term ends, as the House has legislation on its […]

Pence suggests in Flint that systemic racism doesn’t exist in America

BY: - October 28, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence criticized Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during a speech in Flint on Wednesday for saying that systemic racism exists in America. “Now Joe Biden explains it all by saying he thinks America is systemically racist,” Pence said. “Joe Biden and [running mate] Kamala Harris regularly say that they believe police have […]

Michigan GOP chair flames Snyder ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ for endorsing Biden

BY: - September 3, 2020

Rick Snyder, Michigan’s GOP former two-term governor who signed the landmark Right to Work law, hasn’t even been out of office for two years before the head of the state Republican Party started taking shots at him. Laura Cox — the former state representative whose husband, former Attorney General Mike Cox, lost to Snyder in […]

Michigan says $600M will be used to settle some Flint water crisis lawsuits 

BY: - August 20, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said on Thursday that the state is making a preliminary $600 million settlement with Flint residents who were adversely affected when the city’s water source was switched in 2014. Six years ago, while under state emergency management during the former Gov. Rick Snyder administration, the city […]

Dan Kildee is ‘only moving up the ladder.’ So what’s next?

BY: - July 6, 2020

Dan Kildee is no stranger to leading during a crisis. After all, the Flint Democrat had been in Congress for just a couple years when the Flint water crisis began. “That was one of those moments where I knew why I was there. I knew exactly why I was in Congress,” Kildee said in an […]

Civil rights commission rejects finalist with Flint water crisis ties 

BY: - June 16, 2020

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission on Monday voted to reject Harvey Hollins the sole finalist for its executive director position. The former aide for Gov. Rick Snyder, who was involved in the Flint Water crisis, failed to receive a majority vote as the body reached a 4-4 deadlock. Members who voted against Hollins said that […]

Panel chucks Whitmer, Nessel recall petitions 

BY: - May 22, 2020

Two petitions to recall Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel were unanimously rejected by the state Board of State Canvassers on Friday.  Legal representation for the two Democrats asserted that the petitions held false statements, inaccurate paraphrases and spelling errors and were, overall, not eligible for approval by the board. Chad Baase, an […]

How many Michiganders are still without clean water during COVID-19? Not even the state knows.

BY: - May 22, 2020

Updated, 12:23 p.m. 5/22/20 Even when we’re not living through a pandemic, access to clean water can mean the difference between life and death for some of the most vulnerable populations. During the COVID-19 crisis, that access becomes even more vital. With that in mind, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on March 28 ordered public water utilities […]