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Galloway Criticizes Parson For Not Spending More Federal Coronavirus Aid Money

Missouri auditor Nicole Galloway is criticizing Republican Governor Mike Parson for not spending more of the federal coronavirus aid money given to Missouri.

So far the state has about one-point-three (b) billion left to spend, according to the state accounting system.

In an interview with KCUR’s Up to Date Monday, Galloway said the funding only covers payments related to the coronavirus response until the end of the year.

“It’s incredibly frustrating to have, as I’ve said, hundreds of millions of dollars just sitting there when there are so many communities that are in need in the midst of this virus.”

A spokesperson for Parson said most of the unspent money has been set aside for a purpose, while keeping enough available for any public health needs this fall.

Parson is traveling around the state this week after testing positive for the virus in late September and isolating for 10 days.