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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Rob Rogers)

In other news, internal data that's set to be released publicly in the near future shows that border crossings have continued to surge and Trump's National Guard deployment has made no difference at all. Duh.

In related news, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shelters for immigrants are at 95 percent capacity and set to burst because of Trump's zero tolerance policy at the border which hasn't deterred anyone from crossing. This is a huge, unnecessary cost to the government.

Finally, the overwhelming majority of money appropriated for cities in Florida and Texas recovering from last year's hurricane season still hasn't been given to them according to public data, local officials, and auditors who spoke to Bloomberg about it.

With the arrival of a new hurricane season Friday, towns and cities in Florida and Texas are still waiting for hundreds of millions of dollars in promised reimbursement from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency for last year’s record destruction. In Texas, more than one-third of the expected $695 million is still outstanding. And that’s a wild success compared with Florida, where less than 1 percent of the promised $83 million in federal money has reached cities and counties.

The result is that local governments must tap emergency funds, borrow money and cut spending, leaving them less fiscal room to get ready for the next disaster.

“If we have another storm this year, then we’ll really be in trouble," said Roman Gastesi, administrator of Monroe County, Florida, which is waiting for $34 million.

Have a good weekend.