(UPDATED) With regards to State and Local Aid, Martha McSally does not seem to Know what she is Talking About


In a May 7, 2020 article published by Jim Small of the Arizona Mirror, Senator Martha McSally railed against providing state and local funding aid in the next round of Coronavirus stimulus because:

“On any (new) funding, I’m just going to be frank with you guys, OK? This is not the time for states and cities – unlike Arizona, unlike Surprise – who have mismanaged their budgets over the course of many decades, for them to use this as an opportunity to see you, as a taxpayer in Arizona, as a cash cow for them….We’ve already given $150 billion in state stabilization money that three cities in Arizona got directly from the federal government – that’s Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, that have over 500,000 residents. The rest of the money will flow through the state to the cities.”

Later in the article, Small wrote that McSally commented that  Arizonans should not be “soaked” to bail out Chicago and New York.

That is galling considering, according to various studies, Arizona is one of the leading beneficiaries of federal aid in the country.

In a 2019 study conducted by the Rockefeller Institute of Government, Arizona is ranked 13th in receiving federal aid. Where is New York? It is ranked 47th. Illinois? 45th. California which is Governor Ducey’s favorite punching bag?. 40th.

How about Kentucky where Mitch McConnell (the person McSally parrots?) It is ranked second.

According to a January 2019 study from the Tax Foundation, Arizona ranks fourth on receiving federal aid. How do some other states rank?

  • Kentucky: Fifth
  • New York: Twenty-Second
  • California: Twenty-Ninth
  • Illinois: Fortieth

In a U.S. News and World Report ranking for states with the best fiscal stability, Arizona does rank higher (Thirty Third) than states like  California, Pennsylvania Kentucky, and Illinois. However, other states like New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Colorado, Montana, and Minnesota are all performing better than Arizona.

In short, Senator McSally does not appear to know what she is talking about.

States and cities/towns need funds to make up for the loss of income and sales tax revenue stemming from the Coronavirus.

The federal government should pass legislation to give them what they need to make up for those losses.

Martha McSally should be working with her colleagues in the Arizona Congressional Delegation to protect Arizonan residents, businesses, and public governing entities instead of spewing false right-wing talking points.

This is another reason Arizonans may want to consider different Senatorial Representation when voting in November 2020.

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(Update) Further reporting by Mr. Small has revealed that McSally’s comments on additional local and state aid, according to the Senator’s spokesperson was not intended for public consumption.

Oy Vey.



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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.


  1. Cities do not all have the same situation. Generally the older the city the more it is probably going to rely on sales taxes that come from business. If the city has lots of recent development it has made money from taxes on that which should be used to improve and expand city services. Plus most cities have a property tax to sustain it all. That tax increases with each new house. There is a reason they call Tucson “the old pueblo” and that is probably the same reason the city needs federal assistance.

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