Leaders Of Idaho, Florida, Arizona Are Hoping You Aren’t Paying Attention
On Tuesday, Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, a Republican, banned vaccine "passports" while the governor was out of state. Meanwhile, Florida is trying to block federal reimbursements for school districts that support mask mandates, and Arizona is trying to give its federal pandemic funds to schools without mask mandates.
The Washington Post:
Idaho’s Governor Left The State. His Lieutenant Governor Took Power And Banned State Vaccine Mandates.
Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little left the state Tuesday. His second-in-command — empowered with executive authority in his absence — used that power to pick an old fight. As acting governor, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin (R) issued an executive order Tuesday afternoon banning state officials from requiring covid-19 “vaccine passports” from new or current employees. Little quickly promised to undo McGeachin’s order as soon as he returned from touring the U.S.-Mexico border with a group of fellow Republican governors. (Edwards, 10/6)
Florida Trying To Block Money Biden Sent To School Districts Fined For Mask Mandates
Days after the Biden administration reimbursed two Florida school districts whose board members lost their salaries for mandating masks for students, the state's top education official is trying to strip the districts of the money. In a series of memoranda, Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran recommended Monday that the Florida Board of Education, which meets Thursday, withhold "state funds in an amount equal to any federal grant funds awarded" to districts that defy Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on school mask requirements. (McDuffie, 10/5)
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. In a letter to Ducey, the Treasury Department said the grant programs are “not a permissible use” of the federal funding. It’s the latest attempt by the Biden administration to push back against Republican governors who have opposed mask mandates and otherwise sought to use federal pandemic funding to advance their own agendas. (Binkley, 10/5)