Facing Calls to Resign and a Pile of Lawsuits, Snyder to Address Flint Crisis

Amid mounting calls for his resignation and arrest—and in the face of a growing collection of class action lawsuits in which he is named—Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to address the Flint water crisis in his State of the State address on Tuesday evening.

In the third protest in as many days, approximately 60 demonstrators gathered outside Snyder’s apartment in downtown Ann Arbor on Monday, chanting, “Justice for Flint! Arrest Rick Snyder!”

A group of protesters is expected to return to the residence for a picket during Tuesday evening’s speech, scheduled to take place at 7 pm. 

The Detroit News reported that the governor “will tell residents that he’s asking lawmakers for immediate financial assistance to pay for recovery efforts ranging from citywide testing of Flint’s lead-contaminated water system to medical treatment and monitoring of residents with unhealthy lead levels, according to a Snyder adviser familiar with the speech.”

The paper added: “The speech will be unlike any State of the State address in recent memory as Snyder seeks to explain how state agencies are responding to a crisis that he acknowledges the state is to blame for, the source said.”

The Lansing State Journal further reported: