Statement from state Representative Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw) on the State Administrative Board’s approval of Snyder's legal fees:

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

“Today I urged the State Administrative Board to reject the request from Gov. Rick Snyder for $1.2 million to pay for legal representation in regards to the Flint water crisis. As elected officials charged with the stewardship of taxpayer dollars, it is our duty to ensure that we spend the people’s money responsibly, something I take very seriously as a state Representative. Families in the city of Flint still desperately need assistance and spending more than a million dollars on legal fees while men, women and children still face the threat of tainted water is inhumane at best. To ask the taxpayers of Michigan to pay for the governor’s legal defense against negligence and indifference toward the poisoning of 100,000 people — taxpayers themselves — is morally bankrupt, ethically reprehensible and just plain wrong.”