This page was last updated on April 30, 2021.
State and local officials from across the United States continue to highlight President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) for providing critical relief to states and localities struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Due to gaping budget shortfalls as a result of the pandemic, state and local governments were forced to deal massive blows to the public sector, suffering nearly three times more job cuts than occurred in state and local government employment during the Great Recession.
By distributing nearly $350 billion to state and local governments, the ARP is helping these governments deliver much-needed relief to the communities they serve, including by filling in budget holes, restoring cuts made because of the recession, and continuing to provide and build on key services to meet the public’s needs over the next few years. See how much communities nationwide are getting from the ARP here.
Check out the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s weekly roundups below to see how state and local officials are using that funding to help the people they represent:
- April 30, 2021: “Federal, State, and Local Officials Hail American Rescue Plan Allocations for Critical Constituent Programs”
Colorado uses $5 billion in ARP funds for homelessness relief; D.C. gets $1.8 billion for schools; and West Virginia uses $25 million for food assistance
- April 22, 2021: “Federal, State, and Local Officials Continue to Tout Relief Provided by American Rescue Plan Funding”
Nevada gets $361 million in federal child care grants, Luzerne County school districts in Pennsylvania get $200 million, and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh pen an op-ed advocating investments in the working class and retirees.
- April 15, 2021: “Federal, State, and Local Officials Continue to Highlight Relief Provided by American Rescue Plan Funding”
Connecticut gets $1.1 billion in COVID-19 stimulus funds for K-12 schools, Wisconsin uses $100 million for economic recovery, and aviation jobs in Wichita, Kansas, get new life.
- April 8, 2021: “Federal, State, and Local Officials Highlight American Rescue Plan Benefits”
Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) touts the ARP’s Affordable Care Act subsidies, Rhode Island uses $23 million for affordable housing, and Vermont gets $33 million for community health centers.
- March 31, 2021: “State and Local Officials Run With American Rescue Plan”
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) announces her plan to use $6.4 billion for economic recovery, two Texas mayors pen an op-ed on relief to Dallas and Fort Worth, and Georgia public schools get $3.8 billion.