State legislatures that incurred debts after Democrats failed to live within their means should not receive federal funding, a senator has said.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) believes it would be unfair to responsible states, if the Trump administration agreed to bail out states that racked up a huge debt due to the Democratic Party’s big spending.
“It is irresponsible and reckless to take money from American taxpayers and use it to save liberal politicians from the consequences of their poor choices,” he said on Twitter.
Scott believes all states should handle taxpayer money responsibly, just like millions of American households balance their budgets.
“American families make responsible budgetary decisions every day, so does Florida,” he said. “It is time for New York, Illinois, and California do the same.”
The remarks came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) indicated she would try to include a bail out for struggling states in the next CCP Virus stimulus package.
“There will be a bill, and it will be expensive,” she said according to Breitbart.
Scott estimates the bail out could be worth up to $700 billion, and vowed to oppose any such measure if it comes to a vote in the Senate because the federal government should not pay for the financial mistakes of state legislatures.
“It is not fair to the taxpayers of Florida,” he said according to Breitbart. “We sit here, we live within our means, and then New York, Illinois, California, and other states do not, and we are supposed to go bail them out? That’s not right.”
President Donald Trump shares the senator’s concerns about what kind of message paying the debts of others would send to states that overspend their budgets.
“Why should the people and taxpayers of America be bailing out poorly run states (like Illinois, as example) and cities, in all cases Democrat run and managed, when most of the other states are not looking for bailout help?” he said on Twitter. “I am open to discussing anything but just asking.”
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) believes states experiencing financial stress can simply declare bankruptcy to help cut costs. He is putting the matter on hold.
“We are going to push the pause button here because I think this whole business of additional assistance for state and local governments needs to be thoroughly evaluated,” he said according to Breitbart. “There is not going to be any desire on the Republican side to bail out state pensions by borrowing money from future generations.”