During an interview on Fox News on Sunday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) argued that it would be “unfair” for states controlled by Democrats to receive coronavirus relief funds because Red states might lose their “competitive advantage.”
Speaking to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, DeSantis said that “It’s one thing to help a state with lost revenue from the pandemic,” but argued that “this pandemic should not be used to bail out obligations that were run up over 20 or 30 years.”
“I think that would be very unfair to the states that have done it well.” he added.
He continued: “And so, I think if you’re going to make a state whole from pre-pandemic, that’s one thing. But to go beyond that and to bail out pensions or to do things like that, a lot of these states weren’t being managed properly and I wouldn’t want to see Florida and Texas lose our competitive advantage because they are getting bailout money and we’re not.”
Watch the interview below, via Fox News.