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How Federal Disaster Money Favors The Rich

By NPR

The federal government spends billions of dollars each year helping communities rebuild after disasters and to prevent future damage. But that money isn't always allocated to those who need it mostRead full story

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  • This is a really important story. Thanks to the implicit bias of cost/benefit analysis, disaster relief allocations favor the well-to-do. The frequency of climate-related disasters is increasing — affecting half of all counties in the country, up from 20% — which raises the urgency of corrective action.

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  • Patrick deHahn
    Patrick deHahnNews curator at Quartz

    This should be known widely by all Americans: "An NPR investigation has found that across the country, white Americans and those with more wealth often receive more federal dollars after a disaster than do minorities and those with less wealth. Federal aid isn't necessarily allocated to those who need it most; it's allocated according to cost-benefit calculations meant to minimize taxpayer risk.

    Put another way, after a disaster, rich people get richer and poor people get poorer. And federal disaster

    This should be known widely by all Americans: "An NPR investigation has found that across the country, white Americans and those with more wealth often receive more federal dollars after a disaster than do minorities and those with less wealth. Federal aid isn't necessarily allocated to those who need it most; it's allocated according to cost-benefit calculations meant to minimize taxpayer risk.

    Put another way, after a disaster, rich people get richer and poor people get poorer. And federal disaster spending appears to exacerbate that wealth inequality."

  • William Wood
    William WoodOwner at William Wood

    This article is filled with inaccuracies and is actually disingenuous with many of the facts. If you own a house, you will get more funds than the renter. The funds for the rental house goes to its owner, not the renter. If you own a large business you will get more than a small business owner. Disaster funds are to help making the community whole. Instead of promoting class warefare, why not look at disaster relief programs and what needs to be changed, so some don’t fall between the cracks.

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