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The Michigan League for Public Policy said the one-time surplus should be used to address the Flint crisis and other effects of long-term disinvestment in needed expenditures.
“Michigan’s failure to provide for its basic infrastructure including schools, communities and public health and human services has been painfully exposed — on a national level — through the Flint debacle,” said Karen Holcomb-Merrill, the league’s vice president. “Flint’s problems are a canary in a coal mine in terms of public disinvestments, and Michigan must act aggressively to ensure that all children have safe water and homes, as well as access to the high quality education needed to ultimately lead the state forward.” Jan. 14, 2016 — Detroit Free Press