LANSING (WWJ) Might state funding turn out to be scarce for investigating the Flint water disaster whereas taxpayers foot the invoice to defend officers charged criminally for failing to guard residents?
Lawyer Common Invoice Schuette thinks he’ll want extra money to conduct trials and extra stemming from the Flint water disaster probe, however what if Gov. Rick Snyder turns off the cash spigot?
It’s a hypothetical state of affairs that WWJ’s Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick posed to Schuette. And it’s one thing about which Schuette seems to be involved, although there’s no proof it’s a problem.
“I might be shocked, stunned, and I feel everyone round would say ‘How might that be?’ It will simply impede the investigation, impede justice and it will be, I feel it will be a collective ‘oh my, that may’t occur,’” Schuette stated.
There have additionally been fears that $one hundred million in pledged federal assist for the Flint water disaster could possibly be jeopardized beneath President Donald Trump.
However Trump’s EPA transition group head Doug Ericksen informed the Detroit Information there isn’t any freeze on Flint’s cash, which can go to enhance infrastructure together with lead service strains.
Within the meantime, taxpayers can pay the authorized charges for officers dealing with legal fees within the Flint water disaster.
The state treasury division will reimburse the town of Flint in defending former Flint Emergency Managers Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose, per stories.
The state lawyer basic’s workplace is charging them with misconduct and committing false pretenses for allegedly deceptive state officers on the necessity to change to the polluted Flint River for the town’s water supply.