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Arbitrary spending of COVID funds in Kansas will 'fail to spur a recovery'

Added 01-19-21 09:23:02am EST - “Local governments spending of federal coronavirus relief dollars on special interest groups is a waste, a Kansas policy expert said.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Arbitrary spending of COVID funds in Kansas will 'fail to spur a recovery'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Local governments spending of federal coronavirus relief dollars on special interest groups is a waste, a Kansas policy expert said.

Kansas was awarded $1 billionin CARES Act funding. Local governments received $400 million to assist with coronavirus-related needs in their communities. So far, funds have been used to set up a homeless encampment in Lawrence County, upgrade an emergency response radio system and open a grocery store in Bourbon County, among other uses.

"Using money designated for helping our businesses on special interest groups is a lost opportunity and a waste," Michael Austin, director of Kansas Policy Institute's Sandlian Center for Entrepreneurial Government, told The Center Square.

Most of the funds are going to expenses directly tied to the pandemic, including testing, providing protective equipment and aiding struggling businesses. A highlighted business area is the live music industry, which was one of the first to shut down.

States have been given strict parameters within which to spend their dollars. Federal aid wasn't intended to replace missing tax revenue but only to cover expenses that arose from the pandemic.

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