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CT Makes Case for $3.2 Billion in Sandy Relief

Connecticut is hoping to receive federal money to pay for repairs, according to this press release.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Senator Joseph Lieberman, and Senator Richard Blumenthal discussed the state’s $3.2 billion emergency supplemental budget request with Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB), on a Monday afternoon phone call held to review the damage sustained from the two 2011 storms and superstorm Sandy. 

The Governor’s Office informed the state’s congressional delegation last week that Connecticut will seek:

  •  $620 million for prevention and mitigation measures — $495 million for municipalities and $125 million for the state. 
  • $2.5 billion would fund upgrading power transmission systems, replacing and hardening current infrastructure, relocating power lines underground, and establishing micro-grids in selected high density areas.

“The storms that have impacted the state over the past few years have clearly demonstrated the need to upgrade our utility systems, flood protection, and water and sewage infrastructure,” said Governor Malloy. 

Governor Malloy and Senators Lieberman and Blumenthal discussed with Zients the cumulative impact of the two 2011 storms — Tropical Storm Irene and the October nor’easter — as well as last month’s Tropical Storm Sandy. More than a billion dollars in damage has been reported by homeowners, businesses, and government in Connecticut.

Despite Connecticut’s preparation for bad weather, cumulative damage has occurred across the state that requires additional federal assistance to expedite recovery and prevent future catastrophic damage. Based on early reports from larger coastal municipalities, and the state’s evaluation after the two 2011 storms, infrastructure hardening — especially along the coastline — and resiliency initiatives for Connecticut’s power grid are estimated to cost $3.2 billion.

OMB will submit an Emergency Supplemental spending request to Congress later this week.

OvertaxedOne December 11, 2012 at 04:52 PM
It’s one thing to help with emergencies and current health and safety issues. It’s quite another to expect the Federal Government to pay for future improvements to the state that should really be state budget priorities. This is the same for NJ and NY and any other state. This is the long term effect of poor governing, management and budgeting. As a country we have not prepared and done the things necessary to manage our country. Instead, we negotiate agreements that make no sense with unions, providing for absurd work rules, pay and benefits that the government on all levels cannot afford. Which now have an outstanding deficit of trillions of dollars of unfunded liability on all levels. We focus on wasteful projects that make us “feel good” but have no practical use or very little use. An example in my town is a bicycle path that cost $500,000 that gets very little use funded by a state grant. But we now have that path instead of a seawall, buried electrical cable or new police communication system. Unfortunately, we will learn when it’s too late.

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