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Help Is Here Weekly Roundup: How the American Rescue Plan Benefits State and Local Governments

Trees flank the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., April 2021.

This page was last updated on July 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: