Governor Dayton Expresses Disbelief After Aid Rejection
After the federal government agency FEMA denied Minnesota federal aid money, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton openly expressed to the media that it was “cruel and wrong”.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied aid to homeowners and business owners in Northeastern Minnesota affected by the flooding, but Governor Dayton promises a swift appeal on the matter.
A FEMA agency official stated that the damage had not enough severity or magnitude to qualify. The rejection however does not mean it will affect the federal disaster request that will help repair more than $100 million dollars in road damage and public infrastructure.
The appeal by Dayton’s administration may have timing implications for a special legislative session that the governor had planned for the month of August
By the way, the regional FEMA office had originally declared the area in need of aid, but was later overruled by the federal offices in Washington.