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Statements from Michigan AFL-CIO, Flint Labor Council on Governor’s State of the State

LANSING – The Michigan AFL-CIO and Flint Central Labor Council released the following statements in response to Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State speech:

“The people of Flint deserve answers and accountability, but the governor didn’t provide either tonight,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Until the governor waives his FOIA exemption and releases all materials on the Flint water crisis – including those from his senior staff – his promise to release a handpicked number of emails is hollow. To help the people of Flint start to heal and ensure a disaster like this never happens again, the governor needs to be fully transparent with the public and start telling the truth.”

“It seems pretty clear that Rick Snyder still doesn’t get it,” said Sam Muma, President of the Greater Flint Central Labor Council. “Our city needs sustained, long-term resources from the state to clean up the mess that Snyder created, and on that front, the governor’s speech fell short. All I heard were more empty promises from a politician who’s desperate to dodge the blame. Snyder needs to start being straight with people and show real leadership if he’s ever going to help Flint recover.”

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