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Lessenberry on Flint water crisis, Detroit schools, and a new Amazon facility

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Mark Brush
Michigan Radio
Flint City Council could be charged about $600,000 in additional fees each month if it doesn't sign a 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority.

On Monday,  the Flint City Council decided not to sign a 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority - at least, not yet. The GLWA is providing Flint's water for now, and it's also Detroit's water source. In the long run, the city could be on the hook for about $600,000 a month in additional if it doesn't sign it. The mayor wanted the deal, but the council didn't.

“Morning Edition” host Doug Tribou and senior political analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss what this means for the future of Flint water. 

They also talk about a Michigan Radio investigation into water bills charged to Flint residents, closing the Education Achievement Authority, a mini-school district established by the Snyder administration, and a $5 million deal approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund Board to bring a new Amazon facility – and 1,600 jobs – to Romulus. 

Doug Tribou joined the Michigan Public staff as the host of Morning Edition in 2016. Doug first moved to Michigan in 2015 when he was awarded a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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