Tax relief advocacy | North State flood damage | Biden to visit California
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Paradise council member to advocate for tax relief for fire survivors in Washington
The Paradise Town Council voted Tuesday to send council member Steve Crowder to Washington, D.C., to ask legislators not to tax Camp Fire survivors on their settlement payments. Crowder will express support for HR 176, a bill co-authored by Congressman Doug LaMalfa and Mike Thompson. The bill would give a tax exemption to all who receive PG&E settlement money from the Fire Victim Trust.
— Jamie Jiang, NSPR
Corning lavender farm devastated by winter storm flooding
In the Sacramento Valley, the deluge of water and high winds during ongoing winter storms have hit agriculture hard. One farm owner on the outskirts of Corning estimates her losses from flooding to be between $35,000 and $40,000.
— Alec Stutson, NSPR
Biden to visit California to survey flood damage
President Joe Biden plans to visit California’s Central Coast on Thursday to assess the damage caused by winter storms over the last three weeks. The wind and heavy rain from the storms has caused massive mudslides, major damage to roads and other infrastructure and widespread flooding.
— Dan Brekke (KQED), The California Report
Number of ‘red-tagged’ homes estimated to be in the thousands
The California Office of Emergency Services is tallying the damage from the series of winter storms that struck the state after Christmas. According to The Associated Press, a spokesperson for the department estimated that the number of homes that have been “red-tagged” and deemed uninhabitable is in the low thousands.
— Adia White, NSPR
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- Newsom urges Californians to document flood damages — NSPR
- New broadband map to be used to distribute federal funding — NSPR
- Why you should file taxes even if you don’t owe any — CalMatters
- California still in drought despite torrential rainfall — CalMatters
- Butte County weathers storm, but emergency declaration could bring aid if needed — NSPR
- Report suggests equity improvements for parole hearings — CapRadio