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

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL STORIES:

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. [Patch.com, 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]

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS:

CA Senate:

https://twitter.com/senatorumberg/status/1420842829299978242

FL House:

https://twitter.com/RepDotieJoseph/status/1422537241075802114

https://www.facebook.com/AnnaForFlorida/posts/1222916541483042

Council Member, Cedar Rapids IA:

https://twitter.com/tylerolson/status/1423359629963239426

IN Senate:

https://twitter.com/SenatorMrvan/status/1420798994549252097

MA Senate:

https://twitter.com/paulfeeneyma/status/1420835930492096512

Vice Mayor, Cambridge MA:

https://twitter.com/ammallon/status/1422722528531861509

MT House:

https://twitter.com/mthousedems/status/1422989326531514369

NH Senate:

https://twitter.com/teamrebeccanh/status/1422169987939250176

Governor NV:

https://twitter.com/GovSisolak/status/1422345824109961220

Council Member, Utica NY:

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1051590848913960&id=414460489293669

Council Member, Allegheny County PA (retweet):

https://twitter.com/bethanyhallam/status/1420949753353867264

SC House:

https://twitter.com/schousedems/status/1422231074118193163

VA House:

https://www.facebook.com/jcole4VA/photos/a.718407151648562/2062720437217220

https://twitter.com/EFillerCorn/status/1423067050822488069

https://twitter.com/pwcdanica/status/1423058012210712581

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, VA:

https://www.facebook.com/SupervisorBriskman/photos/a.103845957867106/349280076657025

TX House:

https://www.facebook.com/ramos4texashd102/posts/2596459267328045

WI Senate:

https://twitter.com/senchrislarson/status/1422663570677018635

WV Senate:

https://twitter.com/ihlenfeldwv/status/1423299967075110917

Federal Officials:

CA-02:

https://twitter.com/RepHuffman/status/1423019415919026179

US Senate, CT:

https://www.facebook.com/senchrismurphy/posts/5967271403343780

CT-02:

https://www.facebook.com/joecourtney/posts/10159278486359231

US House Budget Committee:

https://twitter.com/HouseBudgetDems/status/1421139013038223371v

IL-17:

https://twitter.com/RepCheri/status/1423320303107723266

MA-03:

https://www.facebook.com/RepLoriTrahan/posts/888781158512488

MI-05:

https://www.facebook.com/RepDanKildee/posts/6003029509739656

US Senate, MN:

https://twitter.com/amyklobuchar/status/1423065618190897152

MN-04:

https://twitter.com/BettyMcCollum04/status/1421856244852088835

US Senate, NH:

https://twitter.com/maggie_hassan/status/1423364524292313094

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorShaheen/posts/4620089784690123

US Senate, NV:

https://twitter.com/senjackyrosen/status/1422231908499476484

NY-18:

https://www.facebook.com/repseanmaloney/posts/4603972916282161

NY-19:

https://www.facebook.com/DelgadoforCongress/posts/1329501714113138

PA-03:

https://www.facebook.com/RepDwightEvans/posts/1463168567399048

US Senate, RI:

https://twitter.com/SenWhitehouse/status/1422259459716435974

WI-03:

https://twitter.com/kindforcongress/status/1421873641227264007

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