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Arizona can't use COVID money for anti-mask grants, feds say

The Biden administration on Tuesday ordered Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to stop using the state’s federal pandemic funding on a pair of new education grants that can only be directed to schools without mask mandates. AP photo.
Posted at 12:11 PM, Oct 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-05 15:11:19-04

The Biden administration on Tuesday ordered Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to stop using the state’s federal pandemic funding on a pair of new education grants that can only be directed to schools without mask mandates.

In a letter to Ducey, the Treasury Department said the grant programs are “not a permissible use” of the funding. Ducey, a Republican, created the grant programs in August to put pressure on school districts that have defied the state’s ban on mask mandates.

The Treasury Department said the conditions “undermine evidence-based efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.” The governor's office said it is reviewing the letter and plans to respond.

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