IA Gov. Reynolds joins 21 other governors opposing the new stimulus package

IA Gov. Reynolds joins 21 other governors opposing the new stimulus package Photo: MGNonline.

Created: February 28, 2021 11:41 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, along with 21 other Republican governors are saying that President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package is biased to those who are unemployed and does not benefit the rest of the working population.

The other 21 Republican governors are Kay Ivey of Alabama, Mike Dunleavy of Arkansas, Doug Ducey of Arizona, Ron DeSantis of Florida, Brian Kemp of Georgia, Brad Little of Idaho, Eric Holcomb of Indiana, Laura Kelly of Kansas, Tate Reeves of Mississippi, Mike Parson of Missouri, Greg Gianforte of Montana, Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, Doug Burgum of North Dakota, Mike DeWine of Ohio, Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, Henry McMaster of South Carolina, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Bill Lee of Tennessee, Spencer Cox of Utah, and Mark Gordon of Wyoming.  

In a statement, the governors say that "Unlike all previous federal funding packages, the new stimulus proposal allocates aid based on a state’s unemployed population rather than its actual population, which punishes states that took a measured approach to the pandemic and entered the crisis with healthy state budgets and strong economies. A state’s ability to keep businesses open and people employed should not be a penalizing factor when distributing funds. If Congress is going to provide aid to states, it should be on an equitable population basis.”
The governors also say that 33 states are expected to lose funding under this proposal:  Alabama,  Alaska, Arkansas,  Delaware, Florida, Georgia,  Idaho,  Indiana,  Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina,  North Dakota,  Ohio,  Oklahoma,  Oregon,  South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia,  Washington,  West Virginia,  Wisconsin,  Wyoming.

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