When the federal government handed out $139 million via the CARES Act, it was intended to deal with the pandemic.
Given to state and local governments, this federal money was supposed to offset coronavirus costs, and help out police budgets.
But certain states are using that money for different purposes.
States and cities are rushing to spend this cash before it disappears, and they’re finding all sorts of ways to do it.
Unfortunately, these methods just don’t seem to have anything to do with the incurred costs of the pandemic.
Via Fox News:
State and local governments are racing to spend millions in CARES Act funding before it reverts back to the federal government…
…and they’re finding unexpected ways to use it, from ‘trunk-or-treating’ in northeast Ohio to an experimental basic income program in St. Paul, Minn.
According to the report, Democratic St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter is kicking off a guaranteed income program for low-income families.
This uses $300,000 of CARES Act Money, and some question the move.
The idea of a basic universal income is part of the current far-left narrative, though critics say it’s far too close to communism and socialism.
And there are more examples of spending on pet causes that have little or no relation to coronavirus issues.
For example, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is spending millions on free college for over 600,000 essential workers.
Other politicians on Capitol Hill are noticing the waste, though. And they’re not afraid to address it.
Said Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.):
Senator Scott supports using CARES Act funding for its intended purpose to help those struggling due to the coronavirus.
He does not support using funds intended for the coronavirus to bail out the poorly-managed budgets and pension plans of liberal states.
Considering how some of that money is being spent, it does appear as if certain states are using it as bailout funds.
While one could argue that some of the costs are pandemic-related, it’s hard to find a connection to something like universal income.
Will this result in less federal funding for these states in the future?
- Reports show Democrat-run cities and states spending CARES Act funds on a variety of pet causes and projects.
- This includes free college and “experimental basic income” programs.
- Sen. Rick Scott called out the waste, saying he doesn’t support using pandemic funds “to bail out poorly-managed budgets.”
Source: Fox News