Mark Kelly Urges Congress to Provide Direct Aid for Arizona’s Local Governments Battling COVID-19
As the Senate reconvenes this week to discuss the details of the next relief package, Mark Kelly is calling on Washington to work together and include direct relief funds for local governments like Payson, Scottsdale, Page, Tempe and others in Arizona that face budget shortfalls and cuts to essential services without additional federal support. The state of Arizona is also facing a potential billion-dollar budget deficit that could lead to cuts to state-funded priorities like education.
“Arizona’s cities and towns have been on the frontlines of our fight against COVID-19, and are facing serious budget shortfalls that could lead to deep cuts to law enforcement, emergency response, and other services,” said Mark Kelly. “Congress cannot let Arizona cities and towns go bankrupt in their fight against COVID-19 — that would only hurt Arizonans and our economy. This next relief package must include direct relief for Arizona’s local governments to avoid deep cuts to essential services.”
Kelly has made it a priority to be in touch with Mayors of Arizona’s cities and towns, speaking with more than a dozen Arizona mayors during this crisis including Clifton Mayor Luiz Montoya, Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland, and Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans, in addition to the mayors of Phoenix and Tucson. Currently, under the CARES Act, local governments with populations under 500,000 in Arizona have had a much harder time accessing relief funds.