Wednesday, December 07, 2005


Now this is a good idea

BATON ROUGE (AP) —Louisiana's $3.7 billion debt to the federal government for hurricane recovery could be greatly trimmed if federal officials agree to a proposal by Legislative Auditor Steve Theriot. Theriot says the state's tab would be reduced if the state were allowed to apply assistance from the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and other groups to its federal obligation as in-kind contributions. Theriot say the plan could reduce the biggest part of what the state owes for assistance, some $2.8 billion in checks given to individuals through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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