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A billion-dollar emergency loan approved by Congress to help Puerto Rico deal with the effects of Hurricane Maria has been temporarily withheld by federal officials who say the U.S. territory is not facing a cash shortage like it has repeatedly warned about in recent months.
Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Treasury Department said in a letter to the director of the island’s fiscal agency that Puerto Rico has had a central cash balance exceeding $1.5 billion in the nearly four months since the Category 4 storm. Federal officials also noted the local government released documents in late December showing it had nearly $7 billion available in cash. The letter was first published Wednesday by the newspaper El Nuevo Dia.
Federal officials said the U.S. government will create a cash balance policy to determine when the funds will be released via the Community Disaster Loan Program. They said in the letter that the cash balance level will be decided on by the federal government in consultation with Puerto Rico officials and a federal control board overseeing the island’s finances. Once the central cash balance decreases to that level, the funds will be released, officials said.
there's probably plenty of evidence
when it comes to natural disasters, should politics be the main issue when it comes to deciding who should get aide and who shouldn't?
Seems to me that's the pathway to becoming one of those sh...thole countries that trump was talking about.
At Leslie Campbell’s office in the central Florida city of St. Cloud, the phone will not stop ringing.
Director of special programs for the Osceola County School District, Ms. Campbell helps enroll students fleeing storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.
Her job has been a busy one. Since hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Caribbean in September, more than 2,400 new students have arrived in the district. That is enough to fill more than two typical-sized elementary schools. Dozens more youngsters show up weekly.
"We're just inundated, from the minute we come in, to the minute we leave," said Campbell, who helps families obtain transportation, meals, and clothing.
Across the country, state and local officials are scrambling to manage an influx of Puerto Ricans, a migration that is impacting education budgets, housing, demographics, and voter rolls in communities where these newcomers are landing.
originally posted by: dawnstar
a reply to: nwtrucker
lol.... there's probably plenty of evidence that the local leaders in texas and florida ain't that forthcoming either. and as far as the sanctuary cities, as far as I know ain't none of them had their roofs torn off months ago and still don't even have a tarp to cover the hole..
when it comes to natural disasters, should politics be the main issue when it comes to deciding who should get aide and who shouldn't? Should the color of their skin? Seems to me that's the pathway to becoming one of those sh...thole countries that trump was talking about.