Care to guess who is the biggest requestor of federal disaster relief funds since 2001? Why, none other than Governor Rick "Secession 4 Eva!" Perry, that's who.
According to FEMA's website, Texas has been the site of 13 "major disaster declarations" since Perry took office following George W. Bush's departure in 2001. That includes five instances of severe storms and flooding, two tropical storms, one "extreme wildfire threat," and Hurricanes Claudette, Rita, Dolly, and Ike. (Texas received significant federal assistance following Hurricane Katrina, but it did not appear on FEMA's website in the "major disaster declaration" category.)
David Riedman, a public information specialist at FEMA, explained to me that a major disaster declaration is issued when a governor "determines the state's resources are overrun." From that point forward, the federal government, under federal law, is required to reimburse the state for at least 75 percent of the cost of recovery. Help is primarily targeted at rebuilding roads and bridges, debris removal, and reparing damage to public buildings. In the relief efforts that are still under way from the damage done by Hurricane Ike, the federal government is reimbursing Texas for 100 percent of all expenses, according to Riedman.
In fact, since FEMA's record-keeping began, Texas has received federal disaster assistance more times than any other state.
By the way, even Sarah Palin is accepting stimulus funds for unemployment insurance. It's just so hard to remain pure these days, isn't it?Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 01, 2009 to Show Business for Ugly People