Tipton Demands Immediate Explanation from Polis on Funding Rumors
WASHINGTON— Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) demanded an immediate explanation from Colorado Governor Jared Polis on rumors that he will use the entirety of federal aid under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to balance the state’s budget rather than distribute the funds to the smaller county, tribal and municipal governments for which they are intended. The letter reads, in part:
“I am writing to seek more information on how the state of Colorado will allocate the approximately $1.7 billion it will receive under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to county and local governments. Rumors that you plan to use the entirety of the federal aid to balance the state’s budget, and neglect to distribute the funds to smaller county, tribal and municipal governments for which they are intended, are deeply troubling.
“In response to the extreme toll the pandemic response is having on state, county, and city governments across the country, Congress passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund for states, tribes and local governments with 500,000 or more residents. Counties across Colorado, but especially those in the Third Congressional District, which do not meet the 500,000 resident threshold to directly apply for federal funding, are relying on the state of Colorado’s portion of federal funds to help make-up for devastating budget shortfalls.
“I am extremely concerned about information I have received that indicates your office plans to use all of Colorado’s CARES Act funds to balance the state’s budget, rather than allocate a portion of the funds to county and local governments to help offset their revenue losses and unforeseen expenses related to the pandemic. This decision would be completely unacceptable, against Congressional intent for these funds, and I request an immediate response from you or your office on this matter.”
The complete letter can be viewed here.