California authorities claim that the federal government still owes them $18 million from last year when they fought fires in some of the national forests in the state. Even though that was under the Obama administration, California’s liberal Democrats are now demanding that the Trump administration pay the debt or they will not fight any fires on national forest lands, but will let the forests burn uncontrollably.
The head of California’s emergency services on Monday penned a letter to the U.S. Forest Service that raised to prospects that the state may stop protecting national forests during fires.
Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci said the agency has stiffed local governments $18 million for fighting wildfires on federal lands last year.
“I cannot continue to support the deployment of resources to protect federal land that ultimately may bankrupt our local governments,” Ghilarducci said in the letter sent Monday to Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell…
The Obama administration had a habit of promising payments to states and then not paying them. they promised to pay 50% of the costs of expanding Medicaid under Obamacare, but many states report that the Obama administration never paid or only paid a fraction of what they had promised the states. Now, California is demanding the Trump administration pay Obama’s debt to the state, or they’ll not fight any fires on national forest lands. These fires could threaten homes, businesses and lives, but Democrats don’t care.