From Newsday:

“Ultimately, states and municipalities don’t know what FEMA is going to reimburse them for and what FEMA is not going to reimburse them for,” said Daniel Rothschild, a senior fellow and director of state projects for the R Street Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank…

…Some argued local officials’ decision-making might have been different if they didn’t assume FEMA would eventually reimburse them.

“We all spend more money at dinner when we know someone else is paying the tab,” Rothschild said.

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