November 10, 2017
Texas is asking the federal government for $61 billion in funding for infrastructure improvement in order to prepare for future storms.
This request comes as state lawmakers estimate Hurricane Harvey caused $180 billion in damages.
The states officials argue that additional cash for infrastructure will allow Texas to boost its storm resilience.
They claim that instead of spending money on repairs every time a hurricane strikes the measure would help “fix the problem” once and for all.
Congress already approved $15 billion in assistance for the state’s immediate needs following Hurricane Harvey.
It is not yet known if Congress will be granting the additional “future proof” funds for the Lone Star State.