Federal Government Is Demanding Cut Of PG&E Wildfire Victim Settlement

The federal government is demanding a cut of the PG&E wildfire victim settlement fund. FEMA has filed with the bankruptcy court for $4 billion of the $13.5 billion PG&E is offering, saying taxpayers should be compensated for clearing debris from burned-out properties and other services provided. Lawyers for wildfire victims are objecting, arguing the inclusion of the federal government would unfairly slash the amount available for under-insured homeowners and local businesses. Former FEMA Director James Lee Witt tells the Press Democrat he was shocked by the agency’s request, saying FEMA is supposed to help victims not take money away from them.