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. “
Ryan Reynolds has published his own Snapchat series “Ryan Don’t Know”.
With the “Deadpool” star’s Snap Original 12 parter broadcast on the Discover feature of the social media platform, the actor learns a few new skills, from flower shapes to casting a chainsaw.
In the trailer, the 44-year-old star makes fun of himself and jokes that he’s doing the series to prove he’s a “less boring husband and father”.
Ryan – who has daughters James, six, Inez, four, and Betty, 15 months old with spouse Blake Lively – quipped, “You could fill a gym with things I don’t know. Hoping a less boring husband and dad, I meet talented new artists to learn a little about a lot of new things. “
The premise for the show goes like this: “He will be joined by a group of talented emerging artists and creators from a number of fields. He will speak to incredibly talented experts to work together and try their hand at their honed craft on the show, Ryan try out the ice sculpture with Shintaro Okamoto, try out visual tricks with VFX expert Trevor Bell, learn flower sculpture from the creative designer Aurea Molaei, try ax throwing and much more! “
“Ryan don’t know” starts on Saturday (01/30/21).
Meanwhile, Ryan joked that he loved and hated spending more time with his family in quarantine.
In November he said, “I don’t live from paycheck to paycheck like so many people across the country and around the world, but you know for me the best – I would say obviously the time that I spend with the family is spending with my kids, I have an incredibly focused time with them at a time in their life I’ll never get back … if I want to single out the worst, it’s probably the incredibly focused time I had with my kids a time I’ll never get back. “
DES MOINES, Iowa (WOWT) – On Thursday, Governor Kim Reynolds announced additional support from the Iowa COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Governor Reynolds announced that $ 17 million in COVID-19 aid funds will be distributed to provide direct costs to local governments in response to COVID-19.
“In many ways, COVID-19 has changed the way government serves its citizens, and perhaps the biggest impact has been at the local level. These resources will provide additional support to the county and city governments to provide vital services to Iowans in further fighting the pandemic, “said Governor Reynolds. “I appreciate the unprecedented collaboration we’ve seen at the state, county, and city levels, including the incredible teams from the Iowa State Association of Counties and the Iowa League of Cities.”
About $ 4.7 of the $ 17 million relief fund was distributed to smaller cities. Officials say it should make it easier to manage the distribution and will be reassigned to the county where the city lives.
The Local Government Relief Fund Program Document breaks up the funds of each county. These include Pottawattamie, Polk, Mills and many more.
The governor also distributed $ 125 million in August 2020 to reimburse local governments for the direct cost of paid expenses for COVIV-19.
Officials explain the redistribution of the $ 17 million:
In accordance with US Treasury Department guidelines, funds may only be used to cover costs that:
- Are necessary expenditures required due to the public health emergency related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
- Not included in the budget last approved for the government agency on March 27, 2020;
- Were incurred in the period beginning March 1, 2020 and ending December 30, 2020; and
- Have not been reimbursed or if reimbursement has not been requested from any other funding source, including but not limited to other federal programs.
Necessary expenses include:
- Acquisition and distribution of personal protective equipment and disinfection products
- Test devices and accessories (test kits)
- Other necessary COVID-19 medical supplies and equipment
Other related necessary expenses
- Temporary isolation or quarantine points
- Medical transportation
- Expenditures for the renovation of public areas and other public facilities
- Temporary emergency staff and overtime costs for staff mainly dedicated to mitigation or response to the COVID-19 public health emergency
- Wage and salary costs for public health and public safety workers for public health mitigation or response services to the COVID-19 emergency
- For ease of administration, given the contingency nature of this program, assume that 50% of the wages and salaries for public health workers and 50% of the wages and salaries for public safety workers are payments for services that are essentially mitigation or responding to the program will serve a COVID-19 public health emergency
- Equipment for holding meetings by telephone or electronic means
- Software or technology infrastructure to enable the delivery of local services with social distancing
- Additional costs associated with advanced 211 functions
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