If you want a state grant, you have to follow state laws and rules
Friday, May 22, 2020
OK, now read the state’s letter. You’ll notice that in order to receive federal disaster funding from the state (which is the grant recipient), local law enforcement agencies must certify they are complying with “all applicable federal and state laws, regulations and policies.” If those agencies claim to be following those laws, regulations and policies and are not, they can lose their funding. And if they’re not obeying Pritzker’s EO, the state contends they could be ruled out of compliance for the grant money.
That’s pretty standard stuff for almost every sort of federal and state grant. Nobody, but nobody is entitled to grant money if they’re not following the rules. Kinda weird that some sheriffs are claiming to be above the sort of law that everyone else has to follow if they want government money.
Also, federal regulations prohibit disaster relief to an applicant for “damage caused by its own negligence.” Reopening in advance could trigger that regulation, the letter states, “if the act of reopening resulted in increased costs for emergency protective measures.”