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Is Harvey recovery changing the way Texas defines fiscal responsibility?

People line up outside a FEMA disaster recovery center at Greenspoint Mall on Oct. 3, 2017, in North Houston. A month after hurricane Harvey flooded the city, tens of thousands of people are still recovering and state officials are re-evaluating their fiscally conservative principles. Source: Henry Gass/The Christian Science Monitor

Standing outside the Greenspoint Mall in North Houston, under a swelling mass of gray clouds, Nicole Turner reflects on the month she’s had. The single mom of four works for an oil and gas company and takes care of her mother. Then hurricane Harvey brought 52 inches of rain in four days.

Ms. Turner’s house flooded to the point where walls needed to be ripped out. The six of them are still living amid the damage.

“I’m just trying to keep upbeat and keep going,” she says. “Yup.”

That includes taking the day off work and waking up before dawn to get to the mall more than three hours before the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery center there opens. By 11 a.m., with the clouds thickening and starting to drizzle rain, Turner is still in line.

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