Minnesota's Governor Tim Walz, a member of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, requested federal aid to help rebuild and repair buildings and structures that were destroyed or damaged during the riots linked to the George Floyd incident.
Walz wanted President Donald Trump to declare it a "major disaster" for all of Minnesota and wanted aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help pay for the damage done to 1,500 buildings that were radicalized and destroyed with either fire, looting, vandalism etc. The state has about $500 million in damages to pay for according to a report on Star Tribune.
"The governor’s spokesman, Teddy Tschann, confirmed late Friday that the request for federal aid was denied.
“The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support,” Tschann said in a statement. “As we navigate one of the most difficult periods in our state’s history, we look for support from our federal government to help us through.”
Many small businesses and grocery stores, pharmacies and post offices were damaged during the unrest. In his letter to FEMA, Walz said what happened in the Twin Cities after Floyd’s death was the second most destructive incident of civil unrest in U.S. history, after the 1992 riots in Los Angeles."
Walz and his administration allegedly found at least $16 million in damages just from fires. But Trump and the federal government didn't budge. It seems like their position is "you break it, you pay for it" since some of the local government did very little to control the insane riots that took place.
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Star Tribune further reported, saying that "Republican Minnesota U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer on Thursday sent a letter to Trump in response to Walz’s aid request, asking for a “thorough and concurrent review” of the state’s response to the unrest so that “every governor, mayor and local official can learn from our experiences” and prevent such a situation from happening again."