Donald Trump is expanding the use of disaster aid to help out Puerto Rico. According to a senior White House official, he’s agreed to put funds toward rebuilding the island’s power grid and other infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Maria.
“Under the plan, the federal government will pick up 90 percent of the costs – up from the typical level of 75 percent – and allow for funds to be released in a faster, more flexible way,” Reuters reports.
Source says Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello agrees with the plan, which will provide third-party advisers an opportunity to estimate how much money is required for each projects. This provision was set into place to protect taxpayer dollars during the long-term rebuilding effort.
As we’ve previously reported, Hurricane Maria hit in September and caused massive and fatalities across Puerto Rico, Dominica and other parts of the Caribbean.
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