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Snyder eyes Flint water summit, 2017 agenda

Dec 17, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder hopes experts may soon provide clarity on when Flint's tap water will be safe to drink without a filter.

  In an interview with The Associated Press, Snyder said he's looking forward to a January "data summit" to review the water quality.

  He said healing Flint is a long-term effort, and his administration is focused not only on the water system but adding jobs and opening more preschool slots for disadvantaged kids.

  He says 2016 was a "very strong" year economically for Michigan. Snyder in 2017 plans to continue emphasizing vocational and technical schooling and the need for more skilled tradesmen.

  Flint-related policy reforms have gained little traction, though Snyder is expected next year to put his call for tougher lead-testing rules into the form of legislation.