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[COMMENTARY] Arizona Governor Sues Biden Administration Over School Mask Mandates

[COMMENTARY] Arizona Governor Sues Biden Administration Over School Mask Mandates

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey sued the Biden administration on Friday over its demand that the state stop sending millions in federal COVID-19 relief money to schools that don’t have mask requirements or that close due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Ducey’s lawsuit said the Treasury Department created restrictions on spending the money Arizona receives under President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act on its own and without legal authority. It asks a court to declare that the Treasury Department’s rules are illegal and permanently block enforcement and any demands that it pay back the $173 million it is spending on the two programs.

Arizona has received about half of the $4.2 billion awarded to it under the 2021 coronavirus relief bill, and the Treasury Department said it may withhold payments if Ducey failed to comply with its demands. “By discouraging families and school districts from following this guidance, the conditions referenced above undermine efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19,” the Treasury Department wrote in their letter to Ducey last week.

(Now is when you can make all of the “Doug Douchey” comments.)

Tustin, CA – August 11: Students listen to their teacher during their first day of transitional kindergarten at Tustin Ranch Elementary School in Tustin, CA on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. (Photo by Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends universal mask-wearing in school settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the Treasury Department started demanding that Ducey change the programs in OCTOBER as part of a concerted effort to force Arizona (and some other Republican-led states COUGH FLORIDA COUGH, like literally) that have opposed mask mandates or were using pandemic funding to advance their own agendas to end those practices. But Ducey’s all NOT IN THE ‘ZONA!

 

 

Kids don’t mind wearing masks, they just want to go to school and be with their friends. It’s their parents who live vicariously through them and project their own Facebook diagnoses everywhere ruining everything. Arizona already has enough reasons for me to start calling it “Florida without the coastlines” thanks to a certainly recently censured Democratic Senator, kooks. Nothing is being taken from them at school unless someone is shaking them down for lunch money (do kids even do that anymore or is my brain forever stuck in “80s teen movie” land?) so why won’t you just let your kids learn?

And if you’re going to be all lax about the mask requirements because you think Omicron wouldn’t dare set foot in the Grand Canyon State because of your tourism dollars, then you give back the federal money you took to enforce the mask requirements. I know you learned to grift from the Master Grifter himself, but it really doesn’t work when you cry about funds you’re misusing. It’s called the American Rescue Plan Act for REASONS, Douchey. You’re supposed to be helping kids stay alive while keeping schools open. It’s not that hard if you just stop trying to impress Donald Trump with your terrible all the time.

 

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