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Neal Dunn: No disaster relief for Michael means ‘Nay’ on budget deal

When a budget deal finally won passage in the U.S. House last week, no Florida Republicans supported it and no Democrats voted against it. But not every “Nay” vote offered partisan explanations. U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, a Panhandle Republican, said his greatest concern remained in a lack of disaster funding. While he cited border security, he said leaving his region without enough federal support made the bill untenable. “We cannot continue to kick the can down the road on disaster funding. Florida’s Panhandle needs help now, not six months down the road,” he said.


Desloge appointed to FEMA National Advisory Council

Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge has been appointed to serve on the FEMA National Advisory Council. The council works with FEMA to help coordinate all aspects of emergency management, including communication with state, local and private sector entities. Desloge will represent the viewpoint of elected local officials.

Route Fifty

Trump Administration Releases Rural Broadband Initiative

The Trump administration announced a rural broadband initiative on Wednesday, saying federal agencies will work together to help companies deploy high-speed internet access in locations without service. As part of the effort, which is being called the American Broadband Initiative, the Interior Department mapped more than 7,000 towers on public lands, which officials said could be used by service providers looking to put equipment on federal property. The department mapped the towers to show where there is availability.