Gov. Mike Parson and 21 other governors oppose federal funding allocation in COVID-19 relief proposal

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FILE – In this Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 file photo, Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson speaks during a campaign rally at a gun store in Lees Summit, Mo. Democrats and Republicans have poured money into Montana’s race for governor with both sides trying to win control of the executive branch in a Western state where Republicans have dominated the legislature for a decade. It’s the most hotly contested of the nation’s 11 governor’s races this fall. Other marquee races are in Missouri, where Democrats see an opening after the GOP incumbent has stumbled in his response to the coronavirus outbreak, and North Carolina, where Republicans are trying to unseat a Democratic governor.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Twenty-two governors, including Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, issued a joint statement in opposition on how federal funds would be allocated to states.

Below is the joint statement, which was published by the governors of Iowa and South Carolina:

“Unlike all previous federal funding packages, the new stimulus proposal allocates aid based on a state’s unemployed population rather than its actual population, which punishes states that took a measured approach to the pandemic and entered the crisis with healthy state budgets and strong economies.

“A state’s ability to keep businesses open and people employed should not be a penalizing factor when distributing funds. If Congress is going to provide aid to states, it should be on an equitable population basis.”

Gov. Mike Parson has not shared this announcement on social media but is among those listed in the joint statement.

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