In a fantastic move against the obscene $1.9 trillion “relief” package, Ohio’s top lawyer on Wednesday sued the Biden administration, saying a last-minute change in the legislation unlawfully blocks state lawmakers from managing their budgets as they see fit.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, a Republican, asked a federal judge to halt implementation of a part of the relief bill, known as the “tax mandate,” that prohibits coronavirus relief money from being used to subsidize tax cuts.
Democrats added new language at the last minute into the legislation after several senators from said they worried Republican-led states would use the relief money to subsidize tax cuts, rather than funding public services.
The tax mandate prohibits states that take money under the relief bill from using that funding to “directly or indirectly” offset revenue loss.
Goodness knows it would be a terrible thing for Dem lawmakers to think their absurd spending bill would actually help Americans who are residing in fiscally responsible states that could actually use the money in a meaningful way.
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Yost’s lawsuit alleges that “Congress lacks constitutional authority to limit the States’ taxing power in this manner.”
“Slipping last-minute conditions into a plan meant to help people that instead handcuffs Ohio is why people don’t trust government,” Yost said in a news release. “And it almost always leads to constitutional mischief.”
Yost filed the lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Separately, 21 Republican state attorneys general on Tuesday sent a letter threatening to sue the Biden administration over the tax mandate, saying it imposed “unprecedented and unconstitutional” limits on their states’ ability to lower taxes.
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Biden signed the relief program into law on March 11, promising that it would aid the recovery from a recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The bill provides $400 billion for direct payments of $1,400 to most Americans, aid of $350 billion bailout to state and local governments, an expansion of the child tax credit and more funds to distribute vaccines along with a ridiculous amount of pork including a specific bailout for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home district, San Francisco.
Let’s hope the Ohio federal judge makes the right choice and the bill is amended appropriately.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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