Help Is Here Roundup: Federal, State, and Local Officials Continue to Tout American Rescue Plan as it Reduces Poverty and Provides Relief

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 touted an analysis by Columbia University which found that the Child Tax Credit lifted 3 million kids from poverty in July, representing a 25% cut in the child poverty rate. Meanwhile, state and local governments continue to use ARP funding to revitalize their communities. States such as Missouri and West Virginia are using stimulus funds to expand access to wireless broadband, while communities like the Choctaw Nation and other tribes are using ARP money to fund universal basic income programs providing members up to $2000 in relief.

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

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL STORIES:

AL: Ala. city approves $2.5K ‘Heroes Bonuses’ for first responders. [Fire Rescue 1, 08/19/2021]

AZ: American Rescue Plan lifesaver for disability community. [AZ Capitol Times, 08/22/2021]

CA: About half of Covered California enrollees pay $1 monthly premium for health care coverage. [The Sacramento Bee, 08/19/2021]

CA: Nearly 9,500 San Diego Households Receive Housing Stability Funding. [KPBS, 08/18/2021]

CA: Arts, housing, small business: How Sacramento mayor wants to spend $112 million in federal aid. [The Sacramento Bee, 08/19/2021]

CA: COACHELLA VALLEY THEATERS RECEIVE PORTION OF $19 MILLION IN COVID RELIEF FUNDS. [NBC Palm Springs, 08/20/2021]

IL: East Chicago employees in line for premium bonus. [NWI, 08/22/2021]

KY: Louisville adds $2.5 million to help people behind on water and sewer bills. [WDRB, 08/25/2021]

LA: Lafayette’s plan for spending federal aid may include less for roads, more for homeless. [The Acadiana Advocate, 08/17/2021]

MO: Missouri governor budgets $400 million in federal funds for broadband internet expansion. [Springfield News Leader, 08/21/2021]

NJ: Atlantic City taxpayers, city employees to receive stipends from American Rescue Plan. [The Press of Atlantic, City, 08/19/2021]

NV: Nevada panel parcels out $1B-plus in federal pandemic aid. [Review Jorunal, 08/18/2021]

NY: Erie County is investing heavily in sewers. And yes, you should care. [Buffalo News, 08/23/2021]

NY: Niagara County to use $880K in stimulus funds for door-to-door Covid-19 vaccine outreach. [Buffalo News, 08/19/2021]

NY: Stewart airport gets $3.8 million in coronavirus relief funds. [Daily Freeman, 08/20/2021]

NY: Wireless, parks, bookmobile: Council allocates federal COVID relief. [Albany Democrat Herald, 08/26/2021]

PA: Pa. state lawmakers announce $20 million funding for personal, hair care professionals. [ABC 6, 08/19/2021]

PA: Philly achieves $80M surplus with some federal help. [WHYY, 08/25/2021]

PR: Puerto Rico tourism sector to get $120M injection in federal funds. [NIMB, 08/18/2021]

SC: Charleston County plans employee payouts using $3.5 million in federal recovery funds. [Post and Courier, 08/20/2021]

TX: ‘I’m here because of the money’: Harris County residents turn out for $100 COVID vaccine incentive. [Houston Chronicle, 08/21/2021]

TX: Harris County approves $30 million for more nurses to ease latest COVID-19 surge. Houston Chronicle, 08/24/2021]

TX: Alamo Colleges forgives debt for more than 4,300 students. [San Antonio Express, 08/25/2021]

WI: $50M to Wisconsin farmers, agriculture from fed COVID relief funding. [Fox 6, 08/18/2021]

WI: Gov. Tony Evers creates a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program, giving $100 gift cards in exchange for the first shot. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 08/23/2021]

WI: Evers directs $250 million to long-term economic recovery. [NBC 15, 08/24/2021]

WI: UW-Madison clears nearly $2 million in student bills using COVID-19 relief money. [Madison.com, 08/26/2021]

WV: MANCHIN ANNOUNCES WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES CAN EXPECT TO RECEIVE $48 MILLION FROM AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN TO EXPAND BROADBAND ACCESS. [Manchin.Senate, 08/25/2021]

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS:

City Council, Los Angeles CA:

https://twitter.com/mikebonin/status/1428765934659858436

Marin County Board of Supervisors, CA:

https://twitter.com/Damon_Connolly/status/1430249807906447364

San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, CA:

https://twitter.com/SupeKathyMiller/status/1430680723095126019

FL House:

https://twitter.com/bendiamondfl/status/1428821418402357259

IL Senate:

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorSara6/posts/10158962122053884

IN Senate:

https://twitter.com/senatorrandolph/status/1429878643770236930

La Porte County Commission, IN:

https://www.facebook.com/VoteSheilaM/posts/4663277743682954

Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, MN:

https://twitter.com/MarionGreene/status/1430968951035547655

MO House:

https://www.facebook.com/crystalquadeHD132/posts/5991954464212816

Council Member, Pittsburgh PA:

vhttps://twitter.com/bobbywilson412/status/1430350428458323977

PA House:

https://www.facebook.com/RepMikeArmanini/posts/257690709523326

PA Senate:

https://www.facebook.com/senatorcollett/posts/827796084585274

Council Member, Dallas TX:

https://twitter.com/chadwestdallas/status/1430629586463756289

Board Vice Chair, Chesterfield County VA:

https://www.facebook.com/ChrisWinslowforSupervisor/posts/3090454034516019

VA House:

https://www.facebook.com/simondsfordelegate/posts/4924847607531117

https://twitter.com/kmurphyva/status/1429900129708937228

Council Vice Chair, King County WA:

https://www.facebook.com/JoeMcDermott8/posts/4615652215134743

Federal Officials:

CA-13:

https://twitter.com/RepBarbaraLee/status/1430715975251415042?s=20

CA-38:

https://www.facebook.com/RepLindaSanchez/posts/5921402214601435

FL-05:

https://www.facebook.com/RepAlLawsonJr/posts/2864514837212602

US Senate, MI:

https://www.facebook.com/SenGaryPeters/posts/10159450350789324

https://www.facebook.com/SenGaryPeters/posts/10159450254884324

MN-04:

https://www.facebook.com/repbettymccollum/posts/4223430277712305

MP-01:

https://www.facebook.com/congressmansablan/posts/10159845263217664

US Senate, NH:

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorShaheen/posts/4697321053633662

NY-12:

https://www.facebook.com/RepCarolynMaloney/posts/4140381649412345

OR-01:

https://www.facebook.com/CongresswomanBonamici/posts/4338187972928323

TX-15:

https://www.facebook.com/RepVicenteGonzalez/posts/2940981776120084

US Senate, VA:

https://twitter.com/MarkWarner/status/1430591564666052611

VA-07:

https://www.facebook.com/RepSpanberger/posts/1006343503449057

WA-02:

https://www.facebook.com/RepRickLarsen/posts/4220021771366996

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