DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Kim Reynolds, governor of Iowa, said she turned down $ 95 million in federal funds for coronavirus testing in schools because she didn’t think funding was necessary.
The Republican governor announced her decision on a Fox News show Thursday night, criticizing President Joe Biden’s administration for offering the money to expand the tests.
“I think he thinks COVID has just started,” Reynolds said on the show televised from a forum with fellow Republican governors in Florida. I just returned $ 95 million for sending another $ 95 million to the state of Iowa to get our children back into the classroom through surveillance tests. And I said we’ve been in the classroom since August. Here is your $ 95 million back. “
Kelly Garcia, director of the Iowa Department of Human Services, later confirmed that Iowa had declined the funding.
The Republican Party of Iowa praised Reynolds’ decision, saying the Biden administration had failed in its efforts to get students back into personal classrooms, but “Governor Reynolds struggled against the teachers unions and was successful.”
Democratic state accountant Rob Sand questioned the rejection of federal funds that would have supported school testing and funded jobs in Iowa.
“It is time for the governor to stop making policy with Iowan’s health and tax money,” Sand said in a statement. Iowans will continue to pay taxes while other states benefit from it. “