Sen. Russell Pearce told our reporter yesterday he is advocating lawmakers “simply ignore” the maintenance of effort requirements for K-12, universities and healthcare funding that the state agreed to when it accepted the federal stimulus aid earlier this year.
He said four states – Florida, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Nevada – have already indicated they won’t abide by the MOE requirements. Pearce said he didn’t know if it was because those state’s governors had applied for a waiver from the feds that would allow them to do so without repercussions from Congress.
“Our economy is worse than theirs. We simply cannot do it,” he said. “It’s time to tell the federal government, ‘Sorry, we can’t do it.’ I intend to balance the budget without tax increases.”
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