Barnes Interviewed by WAFB on Edwards Request for More Flood Money
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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LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business