LANSING- Today, the House of Representatives finished passing the collection of bills comprising the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget, including the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy budget. Despite House Democrats introducing a number of amendments, House Republicans ultimately rejected them, resulting in budgets that fail to adequately fund road repairs, schools, or the infrastructure upgrades needed to ensure Michiganders have access to clean water. In response, state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia) issued the following statement:

“No one should have to worry about the safety of the water coming out of their taps, yet that is the reality thousands are facing across the state. With over 2 million Michiganders drinking from sources of water we know to be polluted with PFAS, and groundwater contamination in our own community, the people of our state deserve a budget that’s serious about keeping them safe. Unfortunately what got passed today does not provide that security, and Michiganders deserve better. As the process continues over the coming weeks I’m going to be fighting for a budget that truly puts a stop to environmental crises and prioritizes the health and safety of our families.”