Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Blanco plan finds many supporters

New York Times
Bush administration officials, including the president, have repeatedly urged Louisiana to come up with a workable housing plan. Several here suggested the new proposals might come close. "I commend them for it," said Mtumishi St. Julien, chairman of the housing subcommittee of the Bring New Orleans Back commission, Mayor C. Ray Nagin's rebuilding panel. "The fear in New Orleans has been about a buyout. People need to be made whole, but the very first priority is to bring our people home. This was designed to bring our people home." Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, a nonprofit group in Baton Rouge, said the plan seemed reasonable. "It's not just a blank check," he said. "If you look at it over all, it seems pretty well balanced. Nobody makes out like gangsters. This one has a dollar amount, and it sort of assumes the little guy will have a more difficult time with resources."

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