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Michigan is among a handful of states that may not get money from SuperStorm Sandy relief bill


It appears Michigan will be left out of a massive federal spending bill intended to primarily help the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The U.S. House of Representatives votes this week on a $50 billion relief bill for communities hit by the storm. But others will benefit as well.

Steve Ellis is with Taxpayers for Common Sense, a non-partisan watchdog group. He claims more than half the money is not tied to communities affected by Sandy.

Ellis says the biggest chunk is block grant money for disaster relief that could go to any state hit by disasters in recent years.

“All but three states qualify…and one of those that didn’t qualify was Michigan,” says Ellis.

Michigan had a only a few rainy days connected to the October storm that devastated parts of New York and New Jersey.

Ellis says Michigan might still qualify for some Sandy relief money in the form of grants for harbor dredging.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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