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Help Is Here Roundup: Federal, State, and Local Officials Praise American Rescue Plan as Funding…

Help Is Here Roundup: Federal, State, and Local Officials Praise American Rescue Plan as Funding…

Federal, State, and Local officials from across the country continue to see benefits from the American Rescue Plan for their constituents months after its passage.

This week. lawmakers celebrated new CMS data showing that because of enhanced tax credits in the American Rescue Plan (ARP), 34% of Americans with health insurance under the ACA exchange have found coverage for $10 or less per month, with more than 2.5 million current enrollees saving an average of over $40 per month. Additionally, this week the IRS sent 1.5 million taxpayers an average of $1,600 as part of a provision from the American Rescue Plan to those who overpaid in taxes for their unemployment compensation.

Meanwhile, state and local governments continue to use ARP funding to revitalize their states and communities. State legislators in Virginia met this week to allocate $4.3 billion in ARP funding. Local governments such as the Government of Alexandria, VA are using ARP funding to start sending $500 every month to low-income families.

See more examples below of how the American Rescue Plan continues to benefit communities across America:


DC: Trinity, a predominately Black Catholic university, wipes away $2.3 million in student debt. [Aleteia, 07/30/2021]

FL: Florida Ports Splitting $250-Million. [WFLA News, 07/29/2021]

GA: Ga. city gives $91,000-thank you to FFs for perseverance through pandemic. [Fire Rescue 1, 08/03/2021]

GA: Sens. Ossoff, Rev. Warnock Secure Over $175 Million in Additional Funding for Georgia HBCUs. [Ossof.Senate, 08/02/2021]

GA: Paine College to get nearly $3M from American Rescue Plan. [WRDW, 08/02/2021]

IL: Gov. Pritzker signs new legislation expanding affordable housing. [My Journal courier, 07/29/2021]

IN: Multi-million-dollar improvements coming to Martin Luther King Jr. Center. [South Bend Tribune, 07/31/2021]

MA: Summer school programs race to help students most in danger of falling behind. [The Hechinger Report, 07/29/2021]

MD: Maryland’s DACA holders are starting to receive their stimulus checks. Here’s what they’re doing with the money. [Baltimore Sun, 08/03/2021]

ME: Maine’s deployment of rent relief money will likely lead to fewer evictions, housing experts say. [News Center Maine, 08/02/2021]

MO: Shuttered venues grants bring $50M in relief to Kansas City. [KSHB, 08/04/2021]

MT: Montana Gov. Gianforte allocates more than $32 million in federal aid for school virus testing. [The Hill, 08/04/2021]

NY: $1.1 billion headed directly to child care providers across New York. [WBNG, 08/03/2021]

OH: Butler County villages hoping for $11.5 million in federal funds to fix infrastructure. [Journal News, 08/02/2021]

PA: Millions of COVID stimulus dollars now in bank accounts of Berks municipalities. [Reading Eagle, 08/02/2021]

PA: Illuminate the Arts sends money to 590 Philly artists. [WHYY, 07/29/2021]

PA: Pa. extends postpartum Medicaid coverage for pregnant persons. [Penn Capital Star, 08/05/2021]

SC: South Carolina colleges, universities receive $520 million from American Rescue Plan. [WLTX, 08/05/2021]

TX: Families in need can apply for $30M Harris County COVID-19 relief fund in-person today. [ABC 13, 08/03/2021]

TX: ‘We own the electric company’: San Marcos takes half a million dollar hit, forgives thousands in utility debt. [KXAN, 08/04/2021]

VA: Alexandria Will Start Sending $500 Every Month To Low-Income Families. “Alexandria is funding its new basic income initiative with $3 million in American Rescue Plan money. The city is expected to receive a total of $59.4 million from the massive relief package,” [DCist, 08/03/2021]

VA: Gov. Northam announces more than $100 million in funding to help make college more affordable for Virginians. [WSLS, 07/29/2021]

VA: How does Hanover County plan to spend $29M in American Rescue Plan Act funding?. [WRIC, 08/02/2021]

VA: Burke Area Restaurants Received Revitalization Grants. [, 07/29/2021]

VA: Abingdon funds 4 projects using $8.1M in federal money. [Herald courier, 08/04/2021]

VT: Financial support available for past-due utility bills. [Bennington Banner, 08/02/2021]

WI: Wisconsin to receive nearly $50 million to address mental health, substance use. [WMTV, 08/02/2021]

WI: Outagamie County announces COVID-19 grant program for small businesses, nonprofits. [Post Crescent 07/30/2021]

WY: City employees get a boost from Federal A.R.P. funds. [Wyoming News Now, 08/02/2021]


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