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Open red states 'punished' under Biden's $1.9T coronavirus aid package: Lummis
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Red states that chose to keep their economies open are being "punished" under the $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package pushed by President Biden, Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., told FOX Business.
"We're very concerned about having the emphasis being on large urban corridors," Lummis said in an interview. "We're also worried about, in the $1.9 trillion bill, the way the formula is crafted. Most of the money for states would go to states like Illinois, New York and California because it's related to unemployment numbers. The reason those states have high unemployment numbers is because they left their states buttoned up and closed."
"States that opened their economies and managed COVID to the best of their abilities are actually punished for doing so," she said.
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A USA Today analysis of early 2020 federal coronavirus aid, which had a similar distribution formula, found that the metric was "crude" and often did not meet states' needs. However, the analysis pointed out that while Wyoming did receive the least funds (an estimated $3 billion in economic relief as of June), the state also received a relatively large amount of general economic relief per unemployment claim.