Blanco's #1 Priority Is Adequate Funding, Asking for $250 Billion
LOUISIANA GOVERNOR BLANCO TODAY SAYS “ADEQUATE FUNDING IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY”,
Louisiana is asking Congress for $250 Billion in federal aid!
If you break that down say, for each person living in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina (484,169) that come out to $516,370 per person.
Now that’s a Big Easy!
But Governor Haley Barbour from Mississippi is having problems with Louisiana’s “pet project funding” and says it puts a damper on Congress’s ability to deal with the disaster:
Gov. Haley Barbour says Louisiana’s request for $250 billion in federal funds dampened Congress’ ability to deal with Hurricane Katrina recovery budget issues even before Mississippi could present its $34 billion request.
“When Louisiana requested $250 billion, people were shocked and taken aback,” Barbour said Wednesday in a meeting with the editorial board of the Hattiesburg American.
“It was like they proposed every pet project they had been hoping to do for the last 50 years,” he said.
As to how much of the requested funds will go to levee construction:
Concerning the critical levee issue, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie, said late Tuesday that he, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans, and the governor were discussing asking Congress for $5 billion in levee construction, including $4 billion to rebuild a true Category 3 protection system and a $1 billion down payment on levees able to withstand a Category 5 storm.
That leaves $245 Billion for various other projects.
It was earlier reported that there were serious design mistakes by the Army Corps of Engineers in the levee system that caused the levees to fail. But, today The Corps of Engineers say that the pilings at the other parts of the levee are at the correct depth.
There is currently an ongoing federal investigation looking into possible corruption in the design, construction and maintenance of the New Orleans levee system.