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California and Alabama Governors Spar on Twitter Over How to Spend Federal Aid

Gavin Newsom, left, and Kay Ivey

Gavin Newsom, left, and Kay Ivey

Sources: Bloomberg/AP

California Governor Gavin Newsom blasted Alabama for spending pandemic-relief aid building prisons, the latest round in his very public campaign criticizing GOP governors in other states. 

In a video shared on Twitter, Newsom said Alabama -- led by Republican Governor Kay Ivey -- chose to invest in “prisons and punishment” with federal aid while California spent some of its money on education. Alabama officials approved the use of about $400 million of its pandemic relief aid to finance the construction of two men’s prisons, which activists have criticized.