Even before it began, the Governor’s address tonight was overshadowed by the Flint water disaster. My focus remains on how we as a state can help the people of Flint as they deal with the many impacts of the water disaster – a process that will certainly take years, if not a lifetime for some. I have already heard from so many people in the Ypsilanti community, and even people from across the country, asking how they can help. I urge them to give their time and volunteer to help distribute bottled water and water filters, and I intend to do the same. We cannot undo what has already been done; but we can take the necessary steps to be certain this will never happen again. In addition to the health testing and monitoring, and correcting the water infrastructure, our highest priority – our obligation – should be to learn what actions or inactions caused government to fail the people of Flint so completely