Dem-run states reportedly using COVID relief funds for climate issues

Dem-run states reportedly using COVID relief funds for climate issues

California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveils his proposed $286 billion 2022-2023 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Jan. 10, 2022. Democratic and Republican governors are taking vastly different approaches to addressing the ongoing pandemic in their state of the state speeches. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveils his proposed $286 billion 2022-2023 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Jan. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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UPDATED 11:18 AM PT – Monday, January 17, 2022

A new report found several Democrat governors are using coronavirus relief funds to advance the party’s climate agenda.

According to the Associated Press, California Governor Gavin Newsom and Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State have diverted COVID financing toward fighting so-called climate change. In particular, Newsom said $22 billion will be spent over five years on climate-related projects.

“These are referred to often by some as existential, particularly related to climate change, issues related to COVID,” claimed Newsom. “But homelessness, cost of living, broadly defined and public safety increasingly and understandably top of mind in terms of people’s concerns.”

This comes as some blue states have received federal COVID relief funds despite running fiscal surpluses. Those states may now be improperly using federal money.

Several other states whose governors touted multi-million climate-related projects include South Carolina, Colorado and New Mexico.

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