Federal budget cuts disaster relief

Boarded up store

Want help with climate disaster risks? Congress prefers to protect us from a different hazard.

Boarded up storeThis morning House Republicans announced their proposed 2018 budget. It calls for $200 billion in cuts.

Let’s look at two programs that have helped Americans protect against the growing costs of climate change. First, FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, originally created to help with needs “that overwhelm state resources,” has often been the key to local physical and economic recovery from hurricanes and floods. […]

Cost of a state’s Obamacare opt-out

Under Obamacare in 2014, states opting not to expand Medicaid will saddle their taxpayers with bigger costs. […]