McMaster, 22 other governors oppose the way funds are allocated under the new stimulus bill
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, along with 22 other governors across the country, released a joint statement to voice their opposition to how federal funds will be allocated under President Joe Biden’s US bailout plan, which was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday.
In a statement, the governors claimed that Biden’s stimulus bill allocates funding based on a state’s unemployed population rather than the general population — arguing that this will unfairly punish states with “sound budgets and strong economies”.
The statement read: “A state’s ability to keep businesses open and people employed should not be a punitive factor in allocating funds. If Congress is going to grant aid to states, it must be on an equitable basis.”
The governors claim 33 states are expected to lose money under the proposal.
The governors who signed the statement are: Kay Ivey (R-AL), Mike Dunleavy (R-AK), Doug Ducey (R-AZ), Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Brian Kemp (R-GA), Brad Little (R-ID), Eric Holcomb (R-IN), Kim Reynolds (R-IA), Laura Kelly (D-KS), Tate Reeves (R-MS), Mike Parson (R-MO), Greg Gianforte (R -MT), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Chris Sununu (R-NH), Doug Burgum (R-ND), Mike DeWine (R-OH), Kevin Stitt (R-OK), Henry McMaster (R-SC ), Kristi Noem (R-SD), Bill Lee (R-TN), Spencer Cox (R-UT), and Mark Gordon (R-WY).