President-elect Joe Biden announced on January 14, 2021 that he plans to introduce to Congress the American Rescue Plan – an emergency legislative package to fund vaccinations, provide immediate, direct relief to families bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis, and to support struggling communities.
This plan allocates $350 billion in aid to state and local governments to ensure that they can keep frontline public workers on the job and paid, while also effectively distributing the vaccine, scaling testing, reopening schools, and maintaining other vital services.
The state and local aid is part of a broader $1.9 trillion package, which also includes money for extended unemployment insurance, vaccine distribution, school reopening plans, public transit, federal technology programs and an expansion of stimulus checks.
In addition to the state and local money, the American Rescue Plan also offers $20 billion to tribal governments, $20 billion for public transit and $130 billion for school reopenings.
Questica will follow this Act as it progresses through Congress and keep our clients not only abreast of new opportunities for local government funding, but also how to access the funds.
Download The American Rescue Plan from the White House.
Questica’s senior budgeting consultant, Charlie Francis, is keeping Questica customers up-to-date with the latest information about the American Rescue Plan Act. Follow his blog series here:
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 offers $130.2 billion in relief for local governments
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funding distribution for governments
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 – What can governments expect?
American Rescue Plan – Immediate Steps for Local Governments to Receive Funding
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