Louisiana Fights for More FEMA Funding for Hospital

On the federal side, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says they have to be responsible with the public’s money.

"These are taxpayer dollars. We’re not just giving an unending pocket here," Napolitano said, although she acknowledged there is probably room somewhere in the middle for the two sides to agree. "There are some legitimate differences of opinion."

State officials say the $150 million that FEMA last offered for the damage done to towering facility on Tulane Avenue won’t even coverrepairs to the wiring, plumbing and heating and air conditioning. They are bringing reports from three different companies that place the bill much higher.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says no matter what the outcome, a new LSU teaching hospital in Mid-City is his plan for a new hospital in New Orleans.

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