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The Senator suggested smaller cities rely on trickle-down from larger municipalities who qualify for coronavirus relief.

In an April 29 town hall with the mayor of Surprise, McSally said she believed the money the federal government had already given to Phoenix, Mesa, and Tucson was enough to help other municipalities because it would trickle down through the state. 

Multiple mayors have since pushed back on the senator’s comments, saying it’s impractical to think municipalities don’t need more help considering the major shortfalls they are experiencing. 

So far, the state’s three biggest cities along with Maricopa and Pima counties have received $960 million in federal aid from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. 

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