Ryan Holeywell is a staff writer at GOVERNING.E-mail: email@example.com
The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced more than $1.5 billion in awards to states and localities to help them defray the cost of repairing infrastructure damaged by natural disasters.
The funding was provided in legislation passed by Congress back in November that funded DOT for the 2012 fiscal year and provided a stopgap funding for other federal agencies. Much of the money provided by the emergency relief covers damage done by Hurricane Irene, which hit the northeast last year.
States are allowed to begin emergency repairs immediately -- rather than waiting for the federal funds to come through -- in order to encourage them to quickly restore traffic flow and prevent further damage.
From regulations to spending, the federal government can be a huge thorn in the sides of state and local governments. Written by Ryan Holeywell, GOVERNING FedWatch monitors all the money spent and all the mandates required by the federal government that effect states and localities.