Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

Funding fight

Lawmakers want money for North Florida waterways

Workers use air boats to travel into South Florida marshes. A congressional coalition called "Stand Up for North Florida" on Tuesday announced it will seek to have more money reserved for North Florida waterways, saying most of the money tends to flow south.

Tribune News Service

News Service of Florida

A coalition that includes two state House members and a former congressman announced Monday it will fight for money to protect waterways in North Florida as Senate President Joe Negron tries to move forward with an ambitious proposal to spend heavily on cleaning waters in South Florida. Called "Stand Up for North Florida," coalition members said that a more equitable distribution of money is needed after passage of a constitutional amendment in 2014.

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Houston, Harris County unite on flood projects

Houston Public Media

Houston leaders have a new plan to prevent flooding and it involves swapping money back and forth between different agencies. Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and other elected officials announced that the city will borrow money from the State of Texas for flood protection improvement projects that involve three bayous: Brays, Hunting and White Oak.

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EPA: Grant freeze to be shorter than expected

E&E News

The Trump administration's controversial freeze on U.S. EPA's massive grant program is expected to end Friday, according to EPA officials. Reports of the grant pause generated shockwaves among EPA employees and grant recipients who said halting the agency's roughly $4 billion grant program would create uncertainty and have wide-ranging consequences for entities counting on the cash.

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