Report: California Raided 9/11 Scholarship Fund to Fill State Budget Gaps
There’s a major controversy brewing in California, where money meant for the children of 9/11 victims has reportedly been used instead to close the state’s budget gaps. The Associated Press has released an exclusive report that says that both former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and current Governor Jerry Brown tried to patch a few fiscal holes by raiding a fund that was meant to help anti-terrorism efforts and to build a scholarship program for the children who lost parents on 9/11.
Now, Governor Jerry Brown is calling for an audit of the program in order to find out why of the $15 million collected in the fund just over $21,000 has reportedly reached those families.
Joe Connor, who lost a cousin in the 9/11 attacks, joined America Live to react to the story saying that it doesn’t surprise him very much as he believes the government has repeatedly used terrorist attacks as a political tool.
Connor thinks the government has “looted from the kids.” He said, “Their slogan was we’ll never forget. Look, they forgot.”