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News from Progress Michigan

August 17, 2016

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

Schuette Ignored Flint Residents For Over A Year Before Investigation

Republican attorney general only showed up once cameras arrived

MICHIGAN — It’s been reported that Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette received over a dozen complaints from Flint residents regarding water quality issues and civil rights violations more than a year before taking action. The revelation shows that just like Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-controlled legislature, those in power in Michigan ignored Flint residents calls for assistance.

“Bill Schuette only decided to do his job once the cameras showed up because he didn’t see a responsibility to the people of Flint, but only his own political career,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Schuette’s office claims those complaints were filed with the proper departments, but if that was the case, why was nothing done about the water situation for over a year?”

According to the Detroit News: “Between April 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2015, 14 people contacted the Attorney General’s Office addressing Flint water concerns.”

“While Schuette’s office couldn’t be bothered by Flint residents who were fighting for their rights, Bill Schuette was busy intimidating journalists, crusading against the Affordable Care Act, and trying to block access to public documents,” Scott continued. “Bill Schuette is only ‘on duty’ for himself and his own political aspirations, which value corporate donors and right-wing extremists over the working people of Flint and across Michigan.”



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