Smart Bites for September 10, 2013


STEVE ELLIS ON C-SPAN’S “WASHINGTON JOURNAL”: GIVING CONTEXT TO FLOOD INSURANCE INCREASES: Appearing on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” Steve Ellis, Vice President of Taxpayers for Common Sense, pushed back on claims of disproportionately high flood insurance rate increases. Ellis put the claims into perspective, saying the steepest increases indicated “you live in that risky of an area that they expect your home to flood to splinters every 10 or 15 years.” Click here to watch the video.

RYAN ALEXANDER IN U.S. NEWS: CONGRESS IS TRYING TO RE-BREAK THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM: Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander wrote an op-ed arguing higher flood insurance rates were needed to finance the NFIP’s growing debt: “The flood insurance program is broken. It is hopelessly mired in debt. By attempting to undue common sense reforms, lawmakers are doing their constituents, taxpayers, and the program a great disservice. For NFIP to slip further into insolvency would dramatically undermine support for the program even further and embolden efforts to discard it entirely.” Click here to read more.

RAY LEHMANN IN INSURANCE JOURNAL: DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS SHOULD GOVERN DISASTER PLANNING: In response to a draft report from the UN Panel on Climate Change, Ray Lehmann of the R Street Institute wrote that population changes, not climate change, are what policymakers should be planning for to deal with disaster preparedness and flood risks. In his op-ed, Lehmann wrote that population growth in risk-prone areas should “guide public policy in the decades to come. Its implications should be similarly uncontroversial. Both those on the left and right should agree on that we must withdraw all government subsidies for coastal development. Don’t create any new beach house bailout programs; move risks currently borne by government insurance plans – whether it’s the National Flood Insurance Program or state residual markets and wind pools – into the private sector; and allow private sector insurers to charge risk-based rates.” Click here to read more.

MANLEY FULLER IN TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT: DON’T LET CONGRESS SINK SANDY’S VALUABLE LESSONS: Manley Fuller of the Florida Wildlife Federation, an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, urged Congress to vote down carve-outs to the Coastal Barrier Resources Act in an op-ed in the Tallahassee Democrat. Fuller wrote that the proposed exceptions “would shield coastal residents from the true costs of their actions while sending the bill to residents in the rest of the country. It could also open the floodgates for similar bills in the future. We should resist these moves and hold fast to the sensible reforms taken after recent storms. Let’s commit to doing so before another storm forces us to undo the inevitable damage these bills would cause.” Click here to read more. is a national coalition made up of a diverse set of voices united to support environmentally-responsible, fiscally-sound approaches that promote public safety. The Coalition strongly opposes legislative proposals that encourage people to build homes in hurricane-prone, environmentally-sensitive areas by creating new programs that directly or indirectly subsidize their homeowner’s insurance.