The administration of President Joe Biden (D) threatened to claw back coronavirus relief money paid to Arizona over state provisions it said discouraged families and school districts from adhering to federal guidelines that recommend masks in schools.
The Associated Press (AP) reported on Friday:
At issue, two public programs intended to help schools and students, but which divert funding from jurisdictions with requirements for masks. Arizona’s Education Plus-Up grant program provides $ 163 million in funding to schools, but districts that require face coverings are not eligible. And its COVID-19 educational recovery benefit program provides up to $ 7,000 for parents if their child’s school requires face coverings.
In a letter sent Friday, the Treasury Department said the state has 60 days to remove the mask provisions before the federal government takes action to recover the funds, and also threatened to withhold aid. future.
“By discouraging families and school districts from following this advice, the conditions mentioned above undermine efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19,” the department said. “Accordingly, these school programs as currently structured are ineligible uses of (Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds).”
In a social media post on Friday, Governor Doug Ducey (right) wrote that the letter was “the latest example of a president completely out of touch with the American people.”
“We will respond to this letter and we will continue to focus on the things that matter to Arizonans. President Biden should do the same, and he can start by addressing the crisis at the border,” he added:
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Posted by Governor Doug Ducey on Friday, January 14, 2022
On a recent Fox News Channel show Faulkner focus, Ducey said Arizona will offer families money to send their kids to another school if theirs closes because “we’re not going to let union thugs play Chicago-type games in Arizona.” .
Arizona received about half of the $4.2 billion given to the state under last year’s coronavirus relief bill, the AP report concluded.