"They sent an additional $95 million to the state of Iowa to get our kids back in the classroom by doing surveillance testing. And I said we’ve been in the classroom since August. Here’s your $95 million back."
Governor Reynolds has also been a strong leader on the subject of federal stimulus dollars. In a recent Fox News interview, the governor was asked about what should be done with unnecessary federal money that comes with strings attached and only adds to the national debt:
"I just returned $95 million because they sent an additional $95 million to the state of Iowa to get our kids back in the classroom by doing surveillance testing. And I said we’ve been in the classroom since August. Here’s your $95 million back.”
When asked about the decision to return the money at her press conference, the Iowa Field Report said she "dropped a dose of Iowa common sense" with the statement:
"We can't just continue to take this money. There is a cost to taxpayers. The amount of money flowing into states because of the other states' bad decisions is unconscionable. At some point, you have to say enough is enough."
Because of the governor’s leadership and work to keep Iowa open for business as much as possible through the COVID-19 pandemic, our state is not dependent on these federal funds. In fact, Iowa is ranked as having the second quickest recovery from the impact of COVID.
Iowa’s strong economy is why we are even able to talk about tax cuts right now.