Biden Administration Threatens to Recoup Arizona's Coronavirus Relief Funds over Mask Rules

Biden Administration Threatens to Recoup Arizona's Coronavirus Relief Funds over Mask Rules


President Joe Biden’s (D) administration has threatened to recoup coronavirus relief money issued to Arizona regarding state provisions it claimed discouraged families and school districts from adhering to federal guidance that recommends masks in schools.

The Associated Press (AP) reported Friday:

At issue are two state programs that are meant to help schools and students but that direct funding away from jurisdictions with mask requirements. Arizona’s Education Plus-Up Grant Program provides $163 million in funding to schools, but districts that require face coverings are ineligible. And its COVID-19 Educational Recovery Benefit Program provides for up to $7,000 for parents if their child’s school requires face coverings.

In a letter sent Friday, the Treasury Department said the state had 60 days to remove the

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