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Snyder approves $2.2M more for law firms on Flint cases

September 1, 2016
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LANSING — Governor Rick Snyder has approved spending up to $2.2 million more for outside legal services related to Flint's lead-tainted water crisis.

Snyder notified the State Administrative Board of two contract amendments on Tuesday.

One boosts the maximum amount for Grand Rapids-based Warner, Norcross & Judd to $2 million from $800,000 for services related to "records management issues and investigations."

The second increases the maximum for Detroit-based Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker to $1.4 million from $400,000 to defend against lawsuits.

Governor-approved contracts for services don't need board approval, unlike other contracts.

Democrats, who say the Republican governor should pay his own bills, said Snyder has no "unilateral right to cut himself a blank check."

Snyder spokeswoman Anna Heaton said $1.4 million has been spent to date.

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