The following article, Liberal Officials At State And Local Level Using Coronavirus Aid Money For Free College, Guaranteed Income, was first published on Flag And Cross.
State and local officials are taking full advantage of the millions of dollars they have received from CARES Act funding — before it reverts back to the federal government — by spending the money for many, many different kinds of liberal priorities, including free college, “Trunk or Treating,” or an experimental income program.
The CARES Act has provided $139 billion for state and local governments. These payments have been used to fund a plethora of programs, including police budgets and utility assistance for struggling residents.
And that is the sort of thing this money is supposed to go toward. Helping folks of all walks of life endure the hardships caused by the coronavirus and the subsequent shutdowns.
However, liberals are using this money to support their own little pet projects and causes too.
via Fox News:
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is spending millions on free college for more than 600,000 essential workers.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell agreed to spend $629,000 to hire 15 community relations specialists.
Democratic St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter recently announced a guaranteed income program for low-income families using $300,000 in CARES Act money but has received pushback from a fellow Democrat. Earlier in September, Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., wrote a letter to Carter expressing concern that the spending fell outside of federal guidelines and could be subject to recoupment by the U.S. Treasury.
Our People’s Prosperity Guaranteed Income Pilot Program will support our most vulnerable families while helping build the case for permanent guaranteed income programs at state and federal levels. https://t.co/etfaHoKM1B
— Mayor Melvin Carter (@MayorCarter) September 4, 2020
It’s not at all surprising to see liberals take money that was supposed to be designated to help folks struggling in the wake of the pandemic closures for things they’ve always wanted to have the money to put in motion. What’s maddening is these same officials are already standing in line, hands out, begging for more money because there isn’t enough to actually help people in their communities because they misappropriated the funds.
When it comes to government controlling the redistribution of wealth, it’s always the poor who suffer most.