Monday, June 8, 2020

After Allowing Riots To Burn Through City, Minneapolis Mayor Wants US Taxpayers To Foot the Bill

Local and state officials will be seeking federal assistance to pay the cost of the damage done to Minneapolis during rioting that took place after the death of George Floyd.
Democratic Mayor Jacob Frey said that so far, damage is estimated at $55 million, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. That estimate, compiled as of Tuesday, is not expected to be the full tally.
Frey said damage to Minneapolis and sister city St. Paul will be in the “tens, if not hundreds of millions” of dollars.
“We will do everything we can as we shift to recovery mode,” Frey said, according to the Star-Tribune. “We’re recovering from crises sandwiched on top of each other, from COVID-19 to the police killing and then the looting which took place afterward.”
Gov. Tim Walz said he and Frey have talked to federal representatives about getting money from Washington.
“[W]e have expressed some of our desires to explore what we can do there,” he said, according to the Star-Tribune.
LINK: Mayor Frey Asks Trump for Help After 
Minneapolis Rioters Cause Millions in Damage
If past practices hold, the city is not likely to be supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Baltimore sought FEMA funding after the riots that followed the 2015 death of a man in police custody named Freddie Gray. No funding ever materialized, the Star-Tribune reported.
Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum, who represents parts of Minneapolis, said FEMA funding would ultimately need to be approved by President Donald Trump, who has criticized Frey’s tactics in handling the riots that broke out in Minneapolis.
Although the city could seek funding through the federal budget process, that would require the Democratic-led House, Republican-led Senate and Trump to all give the city what it wants.
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Mayor Frey Asks Trump for Help After Minneapolis Rioters Cause Millions in Damage

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