Conservatives Oppose Blue State Bailouts

Conservative Action Project — Friday, January 29, 2021

Washington, DC
Signatures updated: 2/1/21

Conservatives applaud the efforts of red state governors to effectively balance public health with jobs, production, and economic growth.

States across the country have responded in different ways to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Ron DeSantis in Florida, Governor Kristi Noem in South Dakota, Governor Greg Abbott in Texas, Governor Mike Dunleavy in Alaska, Governors Gary Herbert and Spencer Cox in Utah, Governor Kim Reynolds in Iowa, and Governor Pete Ricketts in Nebraska deserve tremendous credit for having the cool-headed clarity and data-driven approaches to keep their populations safe while managing a state-wide economy. Many of these same states are now leading the country in vaccinations, as well.

We commend the governors who have effectively managed this crisis in ways that prioritize both health and reasonable economic measures.

To the contrary, states like California and New York – which initiated full shutdowns of their economies – did not effectively contain the virus better than other states, and now face serious financial crises as their state residents suffer from lack of services and personal impoverishment.

Wisdom in crisis should be rewarded, not punished. States who managed well should not have to pay for bailouts to states whose executives handled this crisis poorly. And neither should the U.S. taxpayer.

We oppose so-called “blue state bailouts” which will reward mismanagement, allow failed policies to continue, and redistribute wealth from successful to failing states.


The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Republic Book Publishers
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
The Honorable Russ Vought
Director
Office of Management and Budget (2020-2021)
The Honorable David McIntosh
President
Club for Growth
Scott T. Parkinson
VP for Government Affairs
Club for Growth
Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
William L. Walton
President
Council for National Policy
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
President
The Leadership Institute
Tom McClusky
President
March for Life Action
Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College
Phil Kerpen
President
American Commitment
Jon Schweppe
Director of Policy and Government Affairs
American Principles Project
Jay Mount
President
MDS Communications Corporation
Steve Berger
Founding Pastor
Grace Chapel
Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project
Jeff Hunt
Director
Centennial Institute
Richard D. Hayes
Partner
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP
Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor
Law Offices of Jack Park
Edward Martin
President
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
Kevin Freeman
Founder
NSIC Institute
Tom DeWeese
President
American Policy Center
Annette Thompson Meeks
CEO
Freedom Foundation of Minnesota
William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action
Thomas Pyle
President
American Energy Alliance
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association
Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness
G. Eric Georgatos
Executive Producer
America Can We Talk? americacanwetalk.org
Trent England
Executive Director
Save Our States
Michael Horowitz
CEO
21st Century Initiatives
James L. Martin
Founder/Chairman
60 Plus Association
Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Eunie Smith
President Emeritus
Eagle Forum
C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Leigh Bortins
Founder
Classical Conversations, Inc
Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
US House of Representatives
Grace-Marie Turner
President
Galen Institute
David N. Bossie
President
Citizens United
Dr. Ernest Calvin Beisner
President
Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
Bill Shaker
CEO
WASINGTON MARKETING GROUP
Mike Davis
Founder and President
Article III Project (A3P)
Paul Gessing
President
Rio Grande Foundation
Joseph A. Morris
Partner, Morris & De La Rosa
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General
The Honorable George K Rasley Jr
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com
Seton Motley
President
Less Government
Judson Phillips
Founder
Tea Party Nation
Richard Norman
Founder and President
The Richard Norman Company
Sal Russo
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express
Lee Beaman
CEO
Beaman Ventures
Cindy Ensley
Paralegal
Mulligan Law Firm
Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund
Rick Scarborough
President
Recover America Now
The Honorable Peter J. Thomas
Chairman
The Conservative Caucus
Dr. Alejandro Antonio Chafuen
President
Hispanic American Center for Economic Research
Eaton Hopkins
President
Liberty Surgical, Inc.
Anne Schlafly Cori
Chairman
Eagle Forum
Tom Donelson
Chairman
Americas PAC
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan (1985-1988)
Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Trustee
MRC
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
Joan Holt Lindsey
President
Lindsey Communications
Nancy Schulze
Founder, President
Republican Congressional Wives Speakers
Tim Macy
Chairman
Gun Owners of America
Andresen Blom
President
Hawaiian Values
Amapola Hansberger
President
Legal Immigrants for America
Benjamin R. Case
Rod D. Martin
Founder and CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Haley E. Martin
Past President
The Martin Foundation
Christina Murphy Lusk
President
The Martin Foundation
Lourdes Cosio
Campaign for the American Future
Guillermo J. Aragon
Chief Financial Officer
Martin Imaging, Inc.
Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Peggy Dau
IranAliveMinistries
E.W. Jackson
President
STAND Foundation, Inc.
Penna Dexter
Co-host
Point of View Radio
Chad Connelly
President
Faith Wins
Robert Alt
President and CEO
The Buckeye Institute
Ron Robinson
President
Young America’s Foundation
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values
Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Terrence Scanlon
Retired Chairman and President
Capital Research Center
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)

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