Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Donald Trump for federal funds Friday night to clean up damage a series of deadly storms cused last month that helped end California’s long drought.
Brown is asking the White House for $162 million in federal aid to contend with storms that caused flash floods, power outages, and damage to various state-funded projects.
An “atmospheric river storm system” that unleashed days of “relentless heavy precipitation” caused the damage, the California Democrat wrote in a letter to Trump.
“The impacts associated with this series of storms were substantial and widespread, devastating much of California,” the letter reads.
Brown declared a state of emergency Jan. 23 in 49 counties of California’s 58 counties. He added three more counties to that tally Friday: Amador, Mono and Riverside.
The state’s second-largest reservoir — at nearly 100 percent capacity — is on the verge of bursting its banks after officials cut down use of the Oroville Dam out of concern the structurally weak dam could rupture.
The governor’s prickly relationship with the new commander-in-chief could hamper the funds. Their disagreements stem mostly from Trump’s temporary immigration ban and from his stance on global warming. The governor vowed to maintain California’s sanctuary state status.
It appears Brown will maintain Ca. sanctuary state status there is a slim to none chance Ca. will receive any funding. Then to admit they have a structurally weak dam that could burst? Why didn't Brown fix the problem with said dam that endangers lives and drought problem. Brown is more concerned with programs for illegals than fixing infrastructure to save lives. Jerry Brown you fly in the face of convention and expect Trump to ball you out. You are one pathetic Governor. As the most populous state in the nation, you"re smart, how about a 50%property tax increase, a massive right to work tax in Ca.and put the money where it is supposed to go. Any concept is foreign to you, other than call the the Feds. for money. You made your bed, lie in it.
Gotta pay for all those public employee perks. So much for the public servant who now makes far more than the poor slob who has to pay for it.
Funny, it all started with the needed Republican idea of Prop 13 to freeze taxes at a low level. It gutted local school and municipal coffers who turned toe State who turned to an all too willing Federal Government.
Of course, no one saw Prop 10 on the same ballot that gave the banks free reign in a once usury controlled state. All the tax savings that once - a bit too luxuriously - supported schools and infrastructure went to pay usurious interest rates. A totally negative outcome for the poor taxpayer.
Interest rate increases far outstripped the taxes saved by Prop 13.
The only ones left to suffer are the local governments and schools which now are blackmailed by the Feds. The State in the meantime runs off to become Mexico while pushing gay "marriage". abortion on demand and so-called carbon taxes to "save the planet."
Talk about having big balls. Wow! Definitely puts Trump in the drivers seat though.
NO DEAL....first get rid of sanctuary state the we will talk
Give California NO money!
We should give it to him on ONE CONDITION!
He does away with "ALL sanctuary cites in the state of CA. and abides by all laws as it pertains to illegals." Turns ALL illegal's names, addresses and records into ICE and cooperates with the Fed's in helping to round them up. Reimburses the tax payers for ALL monies paid out to illegals for ALL benefits that they have received from the tax payers from any other state. NO excuses or bargaining.
Heck, with CA. being the worlds fourth largest economy, they can afford to do this!!!
He needs more funds for his new transportation system to transport illegals from sanctuary city to sanctuary city ! I guess he has to spread his voter base around ?
Hey Jerry, Go Pound Sand~