California Asks Trump for Federal Funds
Donald Trump’s ugly stepchild may finally be asserting her independence but, as we were reminded last week, she’s still heavily dependent on dad's wallet for survival. California has submitted two requests for federal funds, despite an ongoing feud with the president that seems to hit a new high note every day.
On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to declare a major disaster in the wake of rainstorms that have ravaged parts of the state. The declaration would be Step One in securing federal money for cleanup efforts, which are estimated to cost over $162 million.
California’s requests aren’t limited to emergency aid. Just two days earlier, state officials sent a list of 51 possible projects for Trump to consider as part of his $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan. The $100 billion wish list includes work on the 710 Freeway, increasing security at the Otay Mesa Mexican border, and adding express lanes to major commute corridors on the 405 Freeway in Orange County.
“In the short-term, these projects will benefit businesses up and down the state and put thousands to work — many in communities with the highest rates of unemployment,” wrote the governor's executive secretary Nancy McFadden. “Long-term, this investment will have lasting, expansive economic benefits by moving goods and people faster, protecting vulnerable communities from flooding, bolstering emergency response capabilities, saving and storing more water and improving energy reliability.”
How the federal government responds to these requests could tell us much about what to expect over the next four years.