HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Connecticut's governor wants some more federal help in the fight against the coronavirus.

Gov. Ned Lamont said on Wednesday that he, along with the support of the state's congressional delegation, submitted a supplementary request to President Donald Trump for enhanced financial support.

“The size and scope of this public health emergency is unprecedented,” Lamont said. “The president has acknowledged this in declaring a major disaster in every state in the nation. If approved, this request would bring much needed additional financial assistance to the state and our municipalities.”

The request is looking for the federal government to authorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover 100 percent of costs incurred to save lives and protect public health. It would extend financial assistance directly to affected residents.

It also requests that Connecticut become eligible for the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Under Trump's March 27 Major Disaster Declaration, FEMA will reimburse 75 percent of eligible COVID-19 expenses for state and local governments, as well as the state's tribal nations.

RELATED: FEMA approves Gov. Lamont's major disaster declaration request

Lamont thanked the president for the previously announced approval of 100 percent reimbursement for the costs associated with activation of the Connecticut National Guard, which is providing the state with support during emergency response to the pandemic.

It is a state activation of the Guard, which means that Lamont continues to command its forces through Connecticut’s Adjutant General and Joint Staff.

Lamont's letter to Trump can be read here:

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(5) comments

rick be

I hope The Don will find a way to avoid helping Guvna toourLament pay for his destroying Corrupticut.

Brian C. Duffy

In the latest polls from Harris and Wall St Journal, Biden - who has disappeared - is up 7 points by merely sitting at home doing nothing. Trump meanwhile, is standing at the bottom of his political grave digging furiously, shovel and cell phone in hand.

Brian Duffy


So do you want the presidents help or do you want him to mind his own business? I am very confused. You said he has no right to tell the state what to do yet you want him to pay for your expenses?

Brian C. Duffy

It's not Trump's money or Lamont's money. It's our money whether it comes from the Feds or not. None of the governors need to be "nice" to Trump to access our money.

No wonder you're confused.

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville

rick be

The more Guvna toourLament rants,the happier it makes our leader.

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