WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after a majority of U.S. Governors refused to send timely information on how their states have allocated the trillions of dollars in taxpayer funding from the CARES Act and other federal coronavirus response measures. Earlier this month, Senators Scott, Ron Johnson and Ted Cruz sent a letter to U.S. Governors requesting details on how this taxpayer money is being spent. So far, fewer than 10 states have responded.
Senator Rick Scott said, “State and local governments across our nation have received more than $1 trillion in taxpayer money to address the coronavirus pandemic. The public deserves information on exactly how this money is being allocated, which is why my colleagues and I requested details from each U.S. Governor. I thank those states that have been forthcoming with this information, but am very disappointed in the lack of response and transparency from the majority of states. The more information we have, the better off we are, especially in a crisis. I’m calling on every Governor to work with us to protect taxpayer dollars, and respond as quickly as possible.”