Cooper puts Hurricane Florence damage at $13 billion
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants state lawmakers to provide $750 million next week as part of a long-term $1.5 billion Hurricane Florence recovery package.
The Democratic governor revealed his proposal Wednesday, saying the state needs a "unique and bold" response to a storm his office estimates caused almost $13 billion in damage - as much as hurricanes Floyd and Matthew did combined.
Cooper ultimately wants a half-billion dollars toward housing and another $310 million to help farmers. Other money would go to repair public schools, universities and roads.
Congress already has approved $1 billion for North Carolina's recovery.
The governor says his request wouldn't require higher taxes - initial money would come from the state's savings reserve and money unspent in this year's budget.
The Republican-controlled legislature reconvenes Monday.
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