Federal Judge Throws Out Brnovich Bid To Use COVID-19 Funds For Tax Cuts

By Jill Ryan
Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
Published: Monday, July 26, 2021 - 12:25pm
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A federal judge has thrown out a bid by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, effectively backing the rule that money from a COVID-19 federal relief package cannot be used for tax cuts.

The judge ruled the $4.7 billion in American Rescue Plan Act money allocated to Arizona cannot be used to fund tax cuts.

In her 10-page ruling, Judge Diane Humetewa had thrown out Brnovich’s arguments and concluded that neither Brnovich nor the state has a legal right to challenge the provisions of the Rescue Plan approved earlier this year by Congress.

Brnovich, who has filed a series of lawsuits against the Biden administration, will appeal the ruling.

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