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Arizona cannot use COVID cash for anti-mask grants, feds say

The Biden administration on Tuesday ordered Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to cease utilizing the state’s federal pandemic funding on a pair of recent training grants that may solely be directed to varsities with out masks mandates.

In a letter to Ducey, the Treasury Division mentioned the grant applications are “not a permissible use” of the federal funding. It is the newest try by the Biden administration to push again towards Republican governors who’ve opposed masks mandates and in any other case sought to make use of federal pandemic funding to advance their very own agendas.

Ducey, a Republican, created the grant applications in August to place stress on college districts which have defied the state’s ban on masks mandates.

He launched a $163 million grant program utilizing federal funding he controls, however he made it accessible solely to varsities with out masks mandates. He additionally established a $10 million program

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