Governor DeSantis sends letter to President Trump asking for more federal help

James E. Wyatt

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Governor Ron DeSantis has sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting more federal cost share help.

Governor DeSantis said he mailed a letter to the President Friday after NOAA announced Hurricane Michael was being upgraded to a Category 5.

In the letter, which you can read here, Governor DeSantis asked President Trump to increase the federal cost share from 75 percent to 90 percent for the remainder of the recovery.

“Since my first full day in office when I visited Northwest Florida, it was clear that the efforts to rebuild and recover were far from over," Governor DeSantis said. "An increase in the federal share will help Northwest Florida tremendously and I thank President Trump for his previous commitment to fully fund the first 45 days of recovery from this storm. I look forward to continuing to work with the President to ensure Northwest Florida completely recovers.”

“At the Division of Emergency Management, we recognized the devastation this storm caused and took action in January by putting in place new processes and procedures to get funding out as quickly as possible,” FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz said. “I applaud Governor DeSantis for providing leadership and requesting 90 percent federal funding on the same day that Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a Category 5. This increase in federal funding will provide critical savings to Panhandle communities during their recovery.”

The Governor says President Trump has the authority to issue a waiver and increase the federal cost share for hurricane recovery. They say the change in the federal cost share would save the state and Northwest Florida communities hundreds of millions of dollars.