McCrory wants $200 million from legislature for Matthew, wildfires

Photo Courtesy: CBS North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says he wants the North Carolina legislature this week to approve $200 million to help with short-term recovery and long-term rebuilding following Hurricane Matthew in the east and mountain wildfires this fall.

The governor laid out Monday in a video message what he wants the General Assembly to spend when it returns Tuesday for a special session he’s called.

McCrory says the immediate priority is housing for people who aren’t covered by federal assistance and who need help paying rent. He also wants grant money to build rental units in areas affected by the floods and funds for local governments, business recovery and long-range planning.

President Barack Obama signed legislation over the weekend that should provide $300 million in federal funds for the state’s hurricane recovery.

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