Indiana mayors frustrated by FEMA aid rejection

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Some local government leaders are frustrated that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has turned down Indiana's aid request from the severe winter storm that hit the state in early January.

State officials had sought federal grants for government and certain not-for-profit organizations in 49 counties to cover storm costs.

The FEMA decision is the third time in the past year it has rejected storm aid for Kokomo, which also had severe flooding and tornado damage during 2013.

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight told WTHR-TV says the city's estimated $750,000 in January storm costs will cut into planned road projects.

Mayor Dennis Tyler of Muncie told The Star Press that FEMA should be denying assistance requests from all states if Indiana doesn't qualify from the winter storm.


  • Absurd
    To say this is retaliation is absurd. Almost as absurd as the GOP/TP hypocrites who scream personal responsibility and limited government, unless it comes to them. What a joke...federal aid for snow removal. Absurd.
  • Dont be a Hoosier Hick
    This is not retaliation, but a learning tool for you. Tax caps sound good until YOU need services. Mitch threw a timebomb over his shoulder and just sits on the sidelines now as we bicker. And this will only get worse.
  • State Can't Have It Both Ways
    I have to laugh. This is the state headed by the party of so-called "limited government" that likes to constantly bash the federal government. Now, some Indiana cities want the federal government to pay for snow removal. I have a better idea--how about not cutting corporate taxes and personal income taxes to the point that cities cannot afford basic services?
  • Feds
    We dont need to be asking the feds for assistance. Less federal government! Next thing you know they'll be wantin our guns and snow shovels!
  • Get it right
    Let's continue to lower taxes in Indiana so we can be more competitive for federal assistance. Oh wait, Indiana leaders are against entitlement programs!
  • Political retribution
    Comrade Obama and the FEMA politburo do not appreciate states that didn't vote for them in the last "election".
    • Snow removal?
      Didn't think FEMA was for snow removal. As much snow as Indiana got, other areas received way more.
    • Isn't this called "disaster aid"?
      Aid for tornado damage? Yes. Aid to pay for plowing snow, something local governments do every year? No. What will they think of next? An application for federal aid to pay for street sweeping if the leaves fall off the tree more quickly than anticipated? Oh, that's right, we don't even do street sweeping in Indy anymore. Bring the federal aid.
    • No Soup For You...
      Indiana should have been part of Obamacare, lol. That is what this is about. Now Pence wants help and the feds are like, "No soup for you."

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