Michigan governor blames civil servants for Flint water crisis as he rejects calls to resign

Michigan’s Republican governor on Friday blamed the water contamination crisis in the city of Flint on bureaucracy, citing a cultural problem with civil servants more focused on technicalities than common sense.

Rick Snyder, speaking on MSNBC, said problems over the switch to another water source that caused lead to contaminate the struggling city’s drinking water stemmed from the actions of a few government workers.

“You have a handful of… ‘experts’ that were career civil service people that made terrible decisions… and we have to live with the consequences with that. They work for me so I accept that responsibility and we’re going to fix this problem,” he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.

Asked about the multiple local and national agencies involved in the back-and-forth in recent months over the city’s water, Snyder said: “That’s a huge bureaucratic problem, and that’s part of the problem with culture in government.”

Snyder has rejected calls from critics for his resignation over the crisis, which goes back to the 2014 decision to switch water supplies to the Flint River to save money.



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