Barnes Interviewed by WAFB on Edwards Request for More Flood Money

Stephen BarnesStephen Barnes

September 13, 2016

BATON ROUGE - Before his next trip to Washington, D.C. to request more flood recovery dollars, Gov. John Bel Edwards increased his request for federal support.

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Edwards requested an additional $800 million for "resilient infrastructure projects implemented both locally and on a watershed-wide basis in the flood impacted areas." That is added to the $2 billion request for estimated unmet needs for housing, economic impact and infrastructure made in a letter sent on Sept 2.

"There is no doubt that there is going to be a lack of resources. And this area needs those funds to be able to close the gap, fill unmet needs after FEMA support and insurancedollars have been exhausted," said Stephen Barnes, director of LSU’s Economic & Policy Research Group.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business