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Wolf: Feds deny Pa. snowstorm appeal

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The Wolf administration has been appealed President Donald Trump's denial of federal funds to help the state offset costs incurred cleaning up after Winter Storm Stella.
The Wolf administration has been appealed President Donald Trump's denial of federal funds to help the state offset costs incurred cleaning up after Winter Storm Stella. - (Photo / )

Snow way, Pa.

President Donald Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have again quashed Pennsylvania's request for a federal disaster declaration that would pave the way for financial assistance to flow into nine counties hit hardest by Winter Storm Stella in March.

A federal disaster declaration for public assistance would provide reimbursement of up to 75 percent of the costs incurred on eligible expenses for a 48-hour time period.

Trump initially denied the request in May. Gov. Tom Wolf appealed the denial earlier this month.

The Wolf administration has said the storm resulted in damage costs of about $7.2 million.

Acting FEMA Administrator Robert J. Fenton wrote to Wolf: "After a thorough review of all the information contained in your initial request and appeal, we reaffirm our original findings that the impact from this event is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration. Therefore, I must inform you that your appeal for a major disaster declaration is denied."

Wolf on Tuesday said that the president's latest move means Pennsylvania is out of alternatives.

"At this point, we have exhausted our options for filing an appeal through the Federal Emergency Management Agency," the governor said.

"It's unfortunate that the President didn't grant our request for a declaration, and the citizens of northeast Pennsylvania will be the ones to suffer the financial impact of this decision."

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Edward June 23, 2017 6:11 am

This guy Doofus - I mean DuPuis is a clown! He has been pushing this anit-Trump article for weeks. Pa collects mountains of money in taxes and Wolf is a typical Democrap who has to shake everyone down for more. - Absolutely agree. Sorry, if this hurts someone. And have you seen Wolf's press conference last week? Don't be fooled by them! Pennsylvania falls below national averages in rankings of state population health. Compared to other states, Pennsylvania has heart disease and drug related mortality rates above national averages. At 476.1 cases per 100,000 people, Pennsylvania had the seventh highest cancer incidence rate nationally and the fourth highest among states in the Northeast. http://www.kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/the-pennsylvania-health-care-landscape/ I believe the sixth most populous state in the U.S. desrves quality and affordable medical bills. Medications are also not cheap. The state goverment collect mountains of money in taxes ($750 million in net new state taxes and revenues http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/07/tax_package_passes_the_state_h.html), so we are not the one to hold out a tin cup.

Bob White June 16, 2017 12:25 pm

This guy Doofus - I mean DuPuis is a clown! He has been pushing this anit-Trump article for weeks. Pa collects mountains of money in taxes and Wolf is a typical Democrap who has to shake everyone down for more.

Steve Stevenson June 13, 2017 5:48 pm

wow.. you mean we actually have to PAY FOR OUR OWN problems? How about we as a state create enough revenue to pay for things like this, and we stop framing this non story like its president trump who is the bad guy and said no to his child for asking for something we dont really need... we had one storm last year and it lasted two days. stop being the whiney little kid and take a day off work, relax with your family. nobody is in danger, and nobody needs to drive in that sh*t. but somehow its trumps fault.

Steve Stevenson June 13, 2017 5:47 pm

wow.. you mean we actually have to PAY FOR OUR OWN problems? How about we as a state create enough revenue to pay for things like this, and we stop framing this non story like its president trump who is the bad guy and said no to his child for asking for something we dont really need... we had one storm last year and it lasted two days. stop being the whiney little kid and take a day off work, relax with your family. nobody is in danger, and nobody needs to drive in that shit. but somehow its trumps fault.

Steve Stevenson June 13, 2017 5:47 pm

wow.. you mean we actually have to PAY FOR OUR OWN problems? How about we as a state create enough revenue to pay for things like this, and we stop framing this non story like its president trump who is the bad guy and said no to his child for asking for something we dont really need... we had one storm last year and it lasted two days. stop being the whiney little kid and take a day off work, relax with your family. nobody is in danger, and nobody needs to drive in that shit. but somehow its trumps fault.

Alan June 13, 2017 4:49 pm

I said it before and will say it again...This storm happened at the end of season and was gone in a week on it's own...had not enough long term impact, sorry Wolf.

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