Arizona Threatens To Defund Tucson Over Vax Mandate

Courthouse News reports:

The city of Tucson on Tuesday paused a policy of requiring employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 after the state attorney general said the mandate was illegal.

“I believe that the city vaccine policy is an important and necessary step to protect our staff and the community,” said City Manager Michael Ortega. “Until we have a better understanding of our legal position in relation to today’s report, I have instructed staff to pause on the implementation of the policy.”

In a report released earlier in the day, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said the city vaccine requirement violates state law and an executive order from Governor Doug Ducey, and if the city doesn’t rescind it, “million of dollars” in state funding could be withheld.

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