Lobbyists for whom Job One is to get funding for their clients are licking their chops at the $1.2 billion in federal recovery money that has poured into State coffers. But some lawmakers are telling them - and each other - that it’s not quite as simple as just ladling out the pork.
Rep. Kitty Toll, D-Danville, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, said spending the $1.25 billion won't be as simple as directing the dollars to the state's many areas of need. Lawmakers will have to make sure that their use is "directly related Covid expenses" which will complicate how they're budgeted. "There's a lot of money there that can be put toward a lot of good things, but we have to stay within the rules," Toll said. "And that's going to be frustrating for some because the availability of this money could fix some serious problems which are very clear due to the crisis that we're in. But making them fit the exact rules from the Treasury may prove to be difficult."."
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