Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets

In this Sept. 14, 2017 photo, Commissioner John Sharp walks with Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, right, following a briefing on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts at the new FEMA Joint Field Office, in Austin, Texas. Sharp, the recovery czar over Texas’ rebuild after Harvey, says his new job is “future-proofing” for the next disaster. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) TXEG201 TXEG201

ATLANTA (AP) — A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding. The combined tab from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is expected to hit $200 billion or more. While the federal government is expected to pay most...  VIEW

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