ICYMI: AZ Mayors Still Need McSally-Opposed Direct Relief
ICYMI: Arizona Mayors Say They Still Need Direct Federal Relief Opposed By Martha McSally And Mitch McConnell
PHOENIX — Arizona mayors still need direct federal relief funding for cities and towns across the state, despite U.S. Sen. Martha McSally’s opposition, according to a recent report.
“When the CARES Act was passed by Congress in March, it allowed cities with more than 500,000 residents to apply directly to the federal government for relief. Smaller Arizona towns have waited more than a month for the state to distribute some of the federal funding it received.”
“Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar said she’s grateful for the money the governor is now distributing, but said, per capita, it’s only 67 cents on the dollar of what bigger Arizona cities received at a time when small town budgets are taking big hits.”
“Tovar, and several other Arizona mayors are calling for Congress to allow small towns to apply for direct federal funding in the next coronavirus relief package.”
Last month, McSally aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to oppose direct relief for Arizona towns and cities, causing Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini to ask, “Is Sen. Martha McSally more beholden to Sen. Mitch McConnell than to Arizona?”
Arizona mayors have said “McSally’s stance threatens critical public services in their communities.”