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Feds say no to Minnesota aid request for protest clean-up costs

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it has rejected Minnesota’s application for federal disaster relief to help clean up after the George Floyd protests.

“After a thorough review of Minnesota’s request for a major disaster declaration from extensive fire damage as a result of civil unrest in late May and early June, it was determined that the impact to public infrastructure is within the capabilities of the local and state governments to recover from. The governor has 30 days to appeal that decision,” FEMA said in a statement supplied to Minnesota’s Public Radio.

The state was looking for $15 million in federal disaster relief, but it estimates that Minneapolis has losses that total $500 million from the protests that saw widespread looting, arson and violence.

“Hundreds of buildings in the Twin Cities were destroyed by fires, looted or damaged during the nightly protests following Floyd’s May 25 death beneath the knee of a white Minneapolis cop,” reports the New York Daily News.

“A local police precinct was among the structures torched during the demonstrations.”

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) sent a letter to President Trump on July 2 asking for federal help in the clean-up, saying that the damage to the city was the second costliest in U.S. history due to civil unrest after the Los Angeles riots of 1992.

However, Minnesota Republican, U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, also sent a letter to President Trump, asking the administration to review the inaction of state and city officials in making a final decision as to the state’s eligibility to get federal disaster funds.

Throughout the violent protests, progressives inside the city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota permitted rioters to destroy property, set fires, loot, rob and commit other acts of violence and destruction while authorities in the city looked on.  

Emmer’s letter says that so far, there has been no federal analysis that has looked into what the city and state did or didn’t do to prevent the widespread destruction that took place during the protests.  

Saying that the federal government took decisive action to prevent the protests, Emmer said in a statement: “Now that a formal request for federal assistance has been made to rebuild the Twin Cities, the federal government has an obligation to help everyone understand how almost half-a-billion dollars worth of damage was done before peace was restored.”

Walz says that the state is already facing severe budget shortfalls due to COVID-19 shutdowns.

“In making the request for help, Walz had noted that the financial challenge had been made even harder by the impacts on the state budget from the coronavirus pandemic. A projected $1.5 billion budget surplus in February was soon wiped out by a projected $2.4 billion revenue shortfall, he wrote to in the request to President Trump via FEMA,” says Minnesota Public Radio.

Walz has 30 days to appeal the FEMA decision.

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    PS July 13, 2020

    They actually encourage the chaos..They should have to live with the cinsequences.

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    Robert C Benson July 13, 2020

    Nice going FIMA, I support your decision, let the big mouth governor clean up her own mess. :+)

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    Louisa Swanson July 13, 2020

    GOOD!! THEY MADE THE MESS, THEY CLEAN IT UP!

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    Dan Winright July 13, 2020

    Control your niggers Minnesota

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    BajaRon July 13, 2020

    Not only did you do nothing to stop the destruction. You actually encouraged and supported the rioters and their actions. And now you want me to pay for it!?

    I know democrats are delusional. But that doesn’t mean I should be forced to contribute monetarily to your insanity.

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    ILoveEzell July 13, 2020

    I think that those who made the mess should clean it up. That’s fair, wouldn’t you say?

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    MARC CAMP July 13, 2020

    If you want to fix Minneapolis, then vote out these idiots..

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    Marc July 13, 2020

    CLEAN UP YOUR ACT, MINNESOTA!!! MINNESOTA DOESN’T NEED FEDERAL AID, MINNESOTA NEEDS LEADERSHIP WHO HAS A PAIR! “STOP” STEALING FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! THE PEOPLE “RESPONSIBLE” FOR THE DAMAGES & LOOTING SHOULD BE ROUNDED UP AND “FORCED” TO “CLEAN UP THEIR CITIES! AND IF THE GOVERNOR & MAYORS CAN’T DO THE JOB THEY WERE ELECTED FOR , THEN “REPLACE” THEM WITH PEOPLE WHO WILL!!!

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    Joseph Lawski July 13, 2020

    There is a saying..you made the bed..nos you hav ed to sleep in it.
    .the mayor and governor made that bed..now they gotta man up and sleep in it. Lol..but not with my tax money
    .the Democrats need to be removed from all off power. They are the enemy of america
    Vote red..or we will be speaking chineese and become muslims

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    Donna July 13, 2020

    Minnesota along with other Governors that left all these terrible things happen should have to clean up their own mess! The situation could have been under control but he didn’t want any help so I don’t feel sorry for him at all. . He knew when it first started things were getting out of hand. He wanted to be a big shot and not listen to our President. Shame on him! Maybe he will learn a tough lesson. ! (Donna)

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    AmericanPatriot July 14, 2020

    All those doing the protesting/rioting that are not in prison for the most serious crimes should be made to perform the labor as community service and only be paid bread and water until the job is done. They can sleep in jail or a tent!

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    Alexis Rae Jaskula July 16, 2020

    i AGREE WITH FEMA. LET THE PEOPLE WHO DESTROYED THE CITY AND THE GOVERNMENT WHO ALLOWED IT TO PAY FOR IT. WHAT DID THEY THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN? THAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH THESE RIOTS. THEY WANT NO HELP TO STOP THEM, GOVERNORS ARE ACTUALLY PROMOTING IT TO SERVE THEIR AGENDA, NOW THEY NEED TO FIGURE IT OUT. NO TAX PAYER DOLLARS SHOULD GO TO CLEAN UP THIS MESS.

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    VaWhiteTailHunter76 July 19, 2020

    Send Waltz a big FU memo. He allowed it to happen. He can pay for it.

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