This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 13, 2020:
A spokesman for Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said on Friday that Walz’s request for federal funds to rebuild Minneapolis following the George Floyd-inspired riots was denied: “The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support. As we navigate one of the most difficult periods in our state’s history, we look[ed] for support from our federal government to help us through.”
Walz wanted Trump to declare the state a major disaster area, allowing for federal funds to become available. He wrote: “I request that you declare a major disaster for the State of Minnesota because of the extensive fire damage to public infrastructure caused by civil unrest.”
Beginning on May 27, individuals bent on destruction infiltrated otherwise peaceful protests and began to incite violence and vandalism.… Deliberately set fires were used to wantonly destroy local businesses, public buildings, and other property.
Nearly 1,500 businesses in the Twin Cities [Minneapolis/St. Paul] were damaged … with estimates of property damage … now upwards of $500,000,000….
The resources of local, tribal, county and state governments were already stretched thin….
We now face a $2.4 billion projected deficit.
FEMA explained its decision: