State Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, today made the following statement in response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address:
I am pleased with the governor’s decision to focus his address on the people of Flint and I would like to start off by saying that my heart goes out to those affected by this situation and it is for this reason I cannot sit idle on this issue.
I agree with the governor that the focus must first be on providing the city of Flint with safe water as well as any attention necessary.
However, solutions are only possible if the focus is in the right place. This means the finger-pointing and assumptions which may or may not be politically motivated must stop now. I was taught as a lawyer to not rush to judgment or cast any dispersion of guilt or wrongdoing until all arguments are made and all facts have been presented.
This can also be applied to the Detroit Public Schools arena. This debt wasn’t created by the teachers or students who today are most affected. The problem was created long ago from agreements to pay for things like healthcare and pensions for teachers together with upkeep for infrastructure of buildings and other future costs. A shrinking population of taxpayers and depressed property tax values presented an opportunity for corrupt players who took advantage of the struggling educational system leaving the children and teachers to suffer.
Pointing fingers and warrantless accusations will not bring safe water to the people of Flint nor will it put Detroit children back in the classroom. My mom always said “if you get them talking, you’ll get things done.” We’ve done the talking, now it’s time for action. Let’s all pause and take a look at what’s happened, gather information and facts and utilize them as tools to fix what’s broken, maintain what isn’t and continue to build a stronger and safer Michigan.”