Michigan’s Whitmer under fire for sluggish response to Benton Harbor lead water crisis

The Michigan Senate is seeking a long list of documents related to the Whitmer administration’s handling of the Benton Harbor crisis

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has come under fire for her sluggish response to the water crisis in the city of Benton Harbor.

The community of Benton Harbor, Michigan, is currently without safe water due to decades-old lead pipes poisoning the water supply and the state and local governments’ slow-moving responses to the crisis, advocates say.

City commissioners on Tuesday unanimously declared a state of emergency and empowered Mayor Marcus Muhammad to lead Benton Harbor’s response. Whitmer visited the city the same day.

Rev. Edward Pinkney, who leads the Benton Harbor Community Water Council, told Fox News in a phone interview that Whitmer and Muhammad should have responded to the crisis “three years ago.”

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Where is Whitmer? Are you kidding me? This crisis has been going on for years, without anyone stepping up to solve the problem.

How many lives have have been needlessly lost, or people hurt from being poisoned. If we focused on taking care of our own families and communities, rather than dumping money into bring in more people who need help, we could solve this problem fast.

Non-profits who are resettling refugees for their own financial gain are getting money from the federal government and increasing the burden of helping with their long term welfare on the state of Michigan. Proper management would have had a step by step plan to solve the immediate water distribution need, and a mid-range plan to replace the lines.

Why hasn’t there been a crisis health care plan put in place to offer options, perhaps chelation, to people who were the victim of government fraud and inaction?

— Donna Brandenburg