November 4, 2005

CRY ME A RIVER (via mc):

Louisiana can't pay Katrina, Rita bills (Alan Levin, Nov 4, 2005, USA TODAY)

Flood-ravaged Louisiana can't pay the $3.7 billion that the U.S. government says is its share of hurricane relief, a spokeswoman for Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Thursday.

"You can't squeeze $3.7 billion out of this state to pay this bill. Period. That would be difficult for us on a good day," the spokeswoman, Denise Bottcher, told USA TODAY. [...]

FEMA projects that it will spend a total of $41.4 billion in Louisiana, about $9,000 per resident. Federal law requires state and local governments to pay a portion of disaster relief costs. That share can be as much as 25%. The $3.7 billion estimate is roughly 9% of FEMA's projected costs in Louisiana.


Feds deny aid request to fix June storm damage (AP, November 3, 2005)
HANOVER, N.H. --The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied requests from Hanover and Canaan for emergency money to help fix roads washed away by a storm in June. [...]

The intense storm dumped three inches of rain in 20 minutes. Temporary repairs re-opened most of the roads. At least one still is closed.


Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2005 1:06 PM
Comments

"You can't squeeze $3.7 billion out of this state to pay this bill. Period. That would be difficult for us on a good day," the spokeswoman, Denise Bottcher, told USA TODAY."

Well how much would be possible on a Good day, Denise?

What's up with these folks saying what they cannot do instead of what they CAN do?

They shouldn't be allowed to slide outta paying their due.

Posted by: Zibs the Bowler at November 4, 2005 1:58 PM

Kathleen's probably already working on her crying strategies (Occassional pauses and sniffles? Continuious slow tearduct leakage? Out and out wailing followed by a full Broussard-like breakdown?) for the upcoming press conference.

Posted by: John at November 4, 2005 2:23 PM
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