The Sun Herald, 8/3/7

With the second anniversary of Katrina approaching, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation that will significantly ease state matching requirements to federal rebuilding funds.

Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Bay St. Louis, led the effort to allow work already done by local communities to strengthen structures and infrastructure against future catastrophes to count toward the 25 percent state match for federal Hazard Mitigation Grants – a boon that could mean as much as $145 million to Mississippi.