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FEMA wants state and local governments to play a 'larger role' post-disaster while shifting those funds to mitigation.
The proposal appears to be out of step with previous actions by Congress and a new two-year budget deal enacted last week.
Hint: 24 states, seeking new revenue, have already done it.
States and localities would play a big role in reaching the Trump administration's $1.5 trillion goal for investment in public works.
Route Fifty’s 2018 Management Survey reveals an emerging hindrance to sound budget planning at the state and local levels.
"The president talks a big act, but then he proposes a small bill," according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
ANALYSIS: New Jersey’s former comptroller and budget director offers insights on the complexities of the federal appropriations process.
, Special to Route Fifty
February 7, 2018
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the funding would "augment" existing public works programs.
As Congress stares down yet another deadline, state leaders once again may have to decide whether to open their own wallets to protect their local tourism industries.
By The Pew Charitable Trusts
February 6, 2018
"This report finds that thousands of seniors face serious health and safety risks in their assisted living facilities,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said of the Government Accountability Office findings.
Now that the Trump administration has approved work requirement waivers in two states—Kentucky and Indiana—as many as 11 more could follow.
Sen. John Boozman, an Arkansas Republican, says new legislation is meant to help communities "of all sizes, in every state secure loans so they can improve their crumbling infrastructure."
It's the latest round of grants under the POWER initiative, which targets places where the coal sector has declined.
“Over the last half-dozen years every one of our federal and state funding lines has been cut back,” according to Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Mike West.
"Every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment," the president said.
The EPA administrator hopes to curtail California’s aggressive fuel economy standards having already backed the authority of states loosening clean air controls.
“There’s no reason why the Department of Agriculture has to be in the District of Columbia when it could be located in Indiana or another heartland state,” according to Indiana Congressman Luke Messer.
Incremental improvements are often overlooked. But they’re leading to improved travel times between Detroit and Chicago.
Charlottesville’s premium spike may be an anomaly. But insurance experts say it could be an indication of what might happen in other parts of the country next fall, when insurers post their final rates for 2019.
By The Pew Charitable Trusts
January 26, 2018
STATE & LOCAL ROUNDUP | Open records decision made on Pittsburgh’s HQ2 proposal; San Francisco’s new interim mayor; ‘Feed Your Soul’ in Louisiana; and a Daylight Saving Time proposal in Florida.
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