Power Breakfast: Flood-repair money, teachers, pensions, banking, Social Security

Despite huge fiscal challenges for Georgia, a powerful state legislator pledged to find the money to repair flood-damaged roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

The chairman of the House’s budget-writing committee said Sunday helping Georgians rebuild is a priority, AJC reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin writes.

“I hope we’ll work together and find the match we need and take care of those folks in Atlanta,” said Rep. Ben Harbin (R-Evans), the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. “We can’t expect Georgia to grow if we don’t help.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said nine Georgia counties are now eligible for federal assistance for public recovery projects. But Washington provides only 75 percent of the total cost. The rest must come from the state, or, in some cases, local governments, Sheinin writes.

The counties now eligible for money for infrastructure are Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cobb, Douglas, Gwinnett, Paulding, Stephens and Walker.

Meanwhile, residents and business owners in 17 counties, including those nine, are eligible for a wide range of direct federal assistance for rebuilding or repairing homes, businesses and other needs. The federal government pays 100 percent of those costs.

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