Beyond the Beltway series: Overview: The Nationwide Allocation of $541 billion | Tax Cuts to Make Work Pay | Helping Those Most in Need | 21st Century Education | Protecting Vital Services | Energy & Infrastructure
*This data is current as of Monday 2/2.
The House and Senate version of the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act are of the scale and breadth necessary to begin tackling the economic chaos that President Barack Obama has inherited from former President George W. Bush. The various spending programs and tax cuts contained in the bills will help communities across the entire nation. These maps show state-by-state allocations for the aspects of the plan for which we could establish where the money is going. This constitutes 66 percent of the total cost of the package for the House plan and 68 percent for the Senate plan. The maps also show the proportion of the funds that will help each state balance their budgets rather than providing additional funding for specific programs.
These state and local funds include direct tax cuts for working families; increased unemployment insurance and food stamps to help those most in need; new funding to equip the education system for the 21st century; additional funds for existing clean energy programs; state-level infrastructure projects; and assistance that is necessary to protect vital services such as Medicaid.
Many of the other programs in the recovery plan will be distributed through competitive grants to states and localities, or through funding formulas where it is not possible to make estimates at this stage. The remainder is for programs that are distributed at the federal level. It has not been possible to include these programs in our analysis. The methodology can be found here; you can access the supporting data here (xls), or download the house data and senate data as pdfs.
This is the first in a series of maps that will be released over the coming week delving into more detail about particular state-level programs in the recovery package.
We are very grateful to the Center for Law and Social Policy, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the National Employment Law Project, the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association, and The Workforce Alliance.
- Overview: The Nationwide Allocation of $541 billion
- Tax Cuts to Make Work Pay
- Helping Those Most in Need
- 21st Century Education
- Protecting Vital Services
- Energy & Infrastructure
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