Tell the Legislature: People Need COVID Relief Money
On January 6, 2022, the Treasury Department issued its final rule on how states may use the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, which stated in the overview that “Treasury presumes that the following capital projects are generally ineligible: Construction of new correctional facilities as a response to an increase in rate of crime; Construction of new congregate facilities to decrease spread of COVID-19 in the facility.”
However, Gov Ivey and state lawmakers convened a special session last year where they approved $400 million dollars of these funds to build new state prisons, which would consume about 20 percent of Alabama’s total COVID-19 relief funds.
Send a message to leadership in the Alabama Legislature to demand they do the right thing and reallocate these funds to address the real needs of the people of Alabama.
Mac McCutcheon, Speaker of the House; Greg Reed, Senate Pro Tem; Anthony Daniels, House Minority Leader; Bobby Singleton, Senate Minority Leader; Clay Scofield, Senate Majority Leader; Greg Albritton, Chair of the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee; Steve Clouse, Chair of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee