Special Session: Lawmakers dawdle on Katrina aid
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#1 Aug 27, 2006
This dickering provides fodder for the argument that we have not even started on developing a model for disaster response – let alone provide the current urgent funding needs. We are still viewing the disaster from close up and what we need to be doing is viewing it in the broader “big picture”. A year later we are still working on the premise of “putting out fires”. Where is the Master Plan? Who is developing the Master Plan?
Mayor Favre from Bay St. Louis had to borrow 14M a couple of weeks ago in order to cover the current budget shortfalls– he has absolutely no way to pay that loan back based on current cash flow. He needs help “sooner than later”. He is not alone – the individual towns affected by this hurricane are all in a critical cash flow situation and the fiscal recovery is going to be very slow. In fact totally tied to re-construction. If "we", the volunteers and contractors, can not get help to re-build the destroyed and damaged homes - the tax base is never going to recover. The help we need most is united front, a unified solution, and equitable application across the board.
Its time to stop playing politics and get down to the business of business. Again – who is developing the Master Plan for Recovery? Has anyone developed a pictorial presentation of “If, Then, Else”? Who really is in charge of Long Term Recovery plans?
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#2 Sep 19, 2006
Where is the intrest of the grant money going? Why hasn't the principal changed while the funds have staggnated for six months? No wonder checks haven't been approved....
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