- Aug 29, 2007; Governor Mitt Romney On The Second Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
- 09-06-2005; Governor Mitt Romney signs $25 million emergency appropriations
Governor Mitt Romney On The Second Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Wednesday, Aug 29, 2007
Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement on the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:
"Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Gulf Coast as they honor the memories of loved ones lost in Hurricane Katrina. We also remember the outpouring of generosity and compassion that Americans demonstrated in extending helping hands to neighbors in need. As we continue to help the people of the Gulf Coast recover, we must recommit ourselves to making sure that the failures of disaster relief on that day never happen again."
September 6, 2005
ROMNEY SIGNS $25 MILLION EMERGENCY APPROPRIATIONS
Governor Mitt Romney today signed into law a $25 million emergency budget to meet the needs of up to 2,500 Hurricane Katrina evacuees who could potentially be temporarily relocated to Massachusetts.
Under the law, which cleared both branches of the Legislature in a single day, the Romney Administration has discretion to spend the money on costs associated with providing assistance to the victims of the Gulf Coast disaster, who will be temporarily housed at Camp Edwards on Cape Cod.
Those costs may include expenses related to overtime of emergency personnel, housing needs, medical care and education, including reimbursement to local school districts.
"The people of Massachusetts are kind and generous, and at times like this, those of us in government are acting as instruments of their compassion by providing assistance to fellow Americans who find themselves in need," said Romney, who praised the Legislature for their quick action.
"This is a small, but meaningful step in helping to ease the suffering that so many of our fellow citizens continue to experience. The ready reserve the Legislature approved today serves as the foundation of the Commonwealth's volunteer effort," said Senate President Robert E. Travaglini. "But I'm sure it will be a springboard for the growing number of our constituents, businesses and public employees who've expressed a desire to help in anyway they can."
"The Legislature and the Governor today sent a very strong signal to the victims of Hurricane Katrina that our state is here to help," said Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi."Massachusetts and its citizens are known for their compassion and their generosity in times of crisis. We will see to it that the evacuees are treated with respect and provided with the services and resources they will need to begin rebuilding their lives."
After a meeting co-chaired by First Lady Ann Romney with Interfaith Leaders, Governor Romney announced Reverend Jeff Brown, pastor of the Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, will serve as the "unofficial mayor" of the Camp Edwards facility. Reverend Brown will help facilitate the needs of the evacuees residing at Camp Edwards. Administrative authority on the base will remain with the National Guard.
"I am delighted Reverend Jeff Brown has agreed to serve as our 'Humanitarian in Chief' at Camp Edwards," said Governor Romney. "In this critical role, Jeff will be the face of Massachusetts to the new residents of the village, helping to ensure their needs are met and the effort is running smoothly."
Ann Romney, who serves as the Administration's liaison to the faith-based community, applauded religious leaders for stepping forward to help play a role in meeting the spiritual, emotional and personal needs of the evacuees.
"The people we are about to welcome have lost virtually everything but their faith," said Ann Romney. "To the extent their faith has been tested, we want to make sure our religious community is there to support them during this difficult time."