Will Flint Water Crisis Money Be Cut Because of State Budget Deficit?
The state of Michigan must cut $460 million from its 2016/2017 budget and, as of right now, "everything is on the table."
The state has already passed $67 million in appropriations for Flint, but according to State Budget Director John Roberts, "I would say right now from our end everything's on the table. We're going to look at the Flint commitments very seriously."
"I'd say the key priorities that you've seen from the governor won't change. Education will continue to see some sort of increase, public safety will continue to be key, the Flint priorities will stay top of mind and then also the efforts that the legislature and the administration are working on with DPS will still stay up there," said Roberts to MLive.
Roberts also said that he doesn't anticipate having to make cuts to state programs this year, but rather to scale back proposed increases through next year's budget.
Call me crazy, but I just can't imagine the Governor or anybody in Lansing cutting from the money allotted for the Flint water crisis. That would be a fail of epic proportions.