O’Halleran Frustrated with Lack of Funding for State, Local, Tribal Governments in Interim Coronavirus Legislation

April 21, 2020
Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, following reports that funding for state, local, and tribal governments would not be included in the next legislative package that Congress is expected to consider this week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging leaders on both sides of the aisle to reconsider this decision prior to formal introduction of the next legislative package.

“Rural communities across my district are reliant on sales tax revenues to continue to provide necessary services to Arizona families. Severe economic downturn and unexpected expenses associated with purchasing personal protective equipment and coronavirus testing kits have plummeted sales tax revenues across our state,” said O’Halleran. “It is absolutely essential that state, local, and tribal governments receive new funding promptly, and state leadership should not be given the opportunity to divert these federal funds.”

View the full letter, HERE.

Last week, O’Halleran sent a similar letter to Congressional leadership urging the prioritization of rural communities under future Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. CDBG funding allocated within the CARES Act reached only two of Arizona’s 15 counties. View the letter, HERE.

Last night, O’Halleran spoke to KOLD in Tucson about his efforts to secure funding for rural counties throughout the state. View the clip, HERE.