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Thursday, November 08, 2012

FEMA Back To The States

Mr. Romney will not get a chance to severely reduce the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and send the responsibility for the primary response to disasters back to the states, which, in his mind, are most able to direct such relief.

This ignores the business of the cost of such an agency in each and every state: will the states wish to burden themselves with the costs of being the primary responder to disasters of great magnitude?
 LIPA Long Island Power Authority) this year increased its budget for storms to the largest amount it has to date this year — in excess of $50 million. But Hervey noted major hurricanes open up entirely new cost centers of their own. “We don’t budget for hurricanes of this size,” he said.
It also ignores matters like Florida, which still cannot run an election nor count the votes.

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