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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 07:56 AM
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Critics Cite [federal] Red Tape in Rebuilding of Louisiana
Source: nytimes

November 6, 2007
Critics Cite Red Tape in Rebuilding of Louisiana
By LESLIE EATON

NEW ORLEANS If rebuilding anything in this storm-scarred place could possibly qualify as simple, surely it would be the administration building in City Park.

The two-story structure, built in 1992, does not have any of the features that can complicate restoring public buildings. No special historic, environmental, cultural or political significance. No history of poor maintenance or other damage (aside from the five feet of water that filled it after the levees failed). No need to be merged, moved or reimagined in response to changes after Hurricane Katrina.

Yet after almost two years of federal inspections and studies and reviews filling more than 90 pages, the administration building has been neither repaired nor replaced. And there are dozens of similarly incomplete projects at the park, hundreds in the city, thousands across the state of Louisiana.

In fact, the federal government has agreed to pay $2.3 billion so far for rebuilding Louisiana public works like schools, sewers and police stations. But so far, only $650 million 28 percent of that money has been spent. In Mississippi, only 27 percent has been spent of the $1.1 billion of federal tax dollars set aside to replace government infrastructure there.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/06/us/nationalspecial/06...





bush said he would do 'whatever it takes' to rebuild!! HA
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 08:08 AM
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1. probably not so much the red tape... probably the 'stone wall'
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 09:06 AM
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2. stone heart
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 10:13 AM
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3. They call diversion of funds "Red Tape" in Louisiana. That's a funny name for it.
In the rest of the country, we call them felonies.
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