McMaster among over 20 governors opposed to funding allocation in Biden stimulus package

McMaster among over 20 governors opposed to funding allocation in Biden stimulus package
Gov. Henry McMaster, who held a news conference last week with State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman, doubled down Sunday on his position against moving teachers higher in the state's vaccine rollout. (Source: WIS)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) - Gov. Henry McMaster is among more than 20 governors who are against a measure in President Joe Biden’s proposed stimulus package.

McMaster released a statement Saturday, joining 21 of his colleagues in opposing a standard of how federal funds would be allocated to states.

“Unlike all previous federal funding packages, the new stimulus proposal allocates aid based on a state’s unemployed population,” McMaster’s office said in a statement released Saturday. “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.”

According to a report from House Budget Republicans attached to the governors’ statement, both South Carolina and North Carolina are among 33 states that would be expected to lose funding in a bill passed by the U.S. House early Saturday.

Other governors in the proposal include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp as well Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat.

“A state’s ability to keep businesses open and people employed should not be a penalizing factor when distributing funds,” the statement concluded. “If Congress is going to provide aid to states, it should be on an equitable population basis.”

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