/ Modified feb 6, 2021 1:15 p.m.

Congressional Dems ask Ducey to explain use of COVID-19 cash

Ducey used more than 20% of the $1.86 billion the state received in federal CARES Act relief cash to backfill agency budgets

360 ducey jan 2021 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey sits for an interview with Arizona 360 in his office at the Arizona Capitol on Jan. 13, 2021.
AZPM Staff

All five Democratic members of Arizona’s U.S. House delegation want Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to explain how his use of nearly $400 million in federal coronavirus relief funds met Congress' intent that the money be used only for pandemic relief.

Ducey used more than 20% of the $1.86 billion the state received in federal CARES Act relief cash to backfill agency budgets, allowing them to return money to the general fund.

The strategy contributed to a major state budget surplus that the governor now wants to use to cut income taxes by $600 million a year.

Ducey's spokesman says all rhe spending met CARES Act guidelines.

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