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News from Progress Michigan

June 22, 2016

Contact: Hugh Madden, 734-250-2070,

Attorney General Schuette Lawsuit Another Charade To Deflect Blame

Schuette should be honest, Republican governing philosophy ruined Flint

LANSING — Today, Attorney General Bill Schuette announced a civil lawsuit against three companies, Veolia North America, Lockwood, Andrews & Newman and Leo A. Daly Co., hired to help ensure clean water in Flint. The suit alleges that these companies failed to do their job and allowed “the Flint Water Crisis to occur, continue and worsen.”

“Today’s suit is just one more example that the Republican government by the lowest bidder approach has been an abject failure,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “This lawsuit proves that privatization isn’t the panacea Republicans would like you to believe it is. This crisis has proved that Republican policies like emergency management, fiscal austerity and privatization are disastrous for our communities.”

The failure by Veolia North America, Lockwood, Andrews & Newman and Leo A. Daly Co. comes after failures by Aramark in Michigan’s prisons and J2S at the Grand Rapids Veterans Home.

“Now that Bill Schuette seems to have found religion on holding corporations accountable for doing public work, it’s my sincere hope that he continues to do so,” Scott continued. “It’s easy to be a show horse when the bright lights of the national media are pointed at Flint. But Michigan deserves an Attorney General who is a work horse – protecting our tax dollars from profit seekers even when he doesn’t get to smile for the camera.”


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