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Local Officials, Abbott at Odds Over Harvey Aid

A group of nearly 60 officials from communities hit hard by Hurricane Harvey is asking Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to tap the state's $11 billion rainy day fund to help match federal grants that can be used on flood mitigation projects.

A letter sent by officials to Abbott on Tuesday is the latest disagreement over the use of the fund in the wake of Harvey.

While Abbott cannot authorize spending from the rainy day fund, he can call a special session of the Legislature on the issue.

But Abbott has said he sees no need to do that before the next regularly scheduled session in January.

In a letter last month, Abbott said federal funding is available to help local communities pay for their portion of the mitigation grants.
 

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