What McConnell referred to as a ‘blue state bailout’ helps an terrible lot of crimson states


“We want all the assistance we will get. It wasn’t till vaccines rolled out that we rounded the nook. I feel cash allotted for vaccines, not simply vaccines, however the training of the general public concerning the security of the vaccines, is crucial to persevering with to unravel what has been a extremely lengthy year-plus drawback,” Rogers, Arkansas Fireplace Chief Tom Jenkins, a COVID-19 response drive member, stated. The steering committee chair, Larry Walther, agreed: “COVID response, lowering the unfold of the virus, getting the pandemic beneath management, vaccinations, contact tracing, these form of the issues are the primary,” Walther stated.

This week, Muncie, Indiana, Mayor Dan Ridenour, a Republican, announced town’s preliminary plans for utilizing the primary tranche of the $32 million his metropolis is getting. Simply over $2.7 million will assist town overcome a finances shortfall; one other $2 million will assist town’s eating places get well; $2 million every will assist small companies and nonprofit organizations; and over $4 million will go to motels. There’s additionally funding for substance abuse and behavioral well being remedy, public artwork, and neighborhood help.

In one other not-blue state, Iowa, “each town of Des Moines and Polk County are receiving practically $100 million in assist, probably the most of any Iowa metropolis or county. Twelve Iowa cities are receiving assist, and all 99 counties are receiving at the least $600,000.” Meaning every county is getting about $200 per resident, based mostly on 2019 census information. The state as a complete is getting $1.48 billion in American Rescue Plan cash.

Idaho goes to get $1.1 billion, and state officers have stated it is going to be used to “considerably bolster the state’s water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.” Alex Adams, Republican Gov. Brad Little’s finances chief, touted the five-year window for finishing tasks with the funding. “That is an enormous profit for a rural state like ours the place it may take years for a few of these giant sewer, water and broadband tasks to return to fruition,” Adams stated. Idaho’s largest cities within the state are getting a complete of $124 million, smaller cities $108 million, and counties one other $314 million.

McConnell’s house state of Kentucky is getting $2.183 billion. “Our economic system is surging and robust,” Gov. Andy Beshear (a Democrat) stated. “We’re in a powerful place to dash out of this pandemic with continued constructive financial indicators and with this funding that may create jobs, momentum and a greater high quality of life in each nook of the commonwealth.” The state had already deliberate to make use of “use 1.3 million to spice up the state’s economic system, increasing broadband, delivering clear ingesting water and constructing new faculties,” and is “anticipated to create greater than 14,500 new jobs.” The state’s common fund will likely be shored up.

The Tennessee Comptroller, Jason Mumpower, talked to at least one county’s leaders this week to tout the projects accessible with the funding. “This might embody serving to employees, households, small companies, nonprofits and impacted industries, reminiscent of tourism, journey and hospitality trade. Sure. You should use this cash to make grants to people and small companies,” Mumpower stated. “We glance out throughout the panorama of Tennessee every day and assume, ‘The place does the best monetary peril lie?’ It lies in water and sewer. It lies underground,” Mumpower advised the Wilson county officers, who’re anticipating $28 million in aid funds.

All these Republican states getting all that funding handed solely by Democrats within the Senate, benefitting from the dedication to good governance and appearing like they’re goddamned adults like Democrats proceed to mannequin.