Polit­ical leaders from the Mid-​​Atlantic and North­east have not been shy about their intent to seek as much fed­eral funding as pos­sible for their storm-​​struck states. Dam­ages and lost eco­nomic activity as a result of Hur­ri­cane Sandy have been esti­mated as high as $50 billion.

If the past is any guide, there are likely to be fights in Con­gress over whether fed­eral funds for rebuilding after Sandy should be offset with cuts else­where in the budget.

And it’s far from clear how aid money should be spent. There is wide­spread infra­struc­ture damage throughout the region. In New York, the city’s road and subway tun­nels were flooded.

Stephen Flynn, a pro­fessor at the George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, says spending smartly is key.

 

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