Help Is Here Roundup: Officials from Both Parties Highlight American Rescue Plan Funding for Their Communities

Federal, State, and Local Officials from both parties across the country see continued benefit from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) for providing benefits for critical relief for their communities.

Just this week, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell highlighted $4 billion in funding going toward his home state of Kentucky, telling constituents that “you’re going to get a lot more money”.

McConnell is correct, as a PEW report this week showed that for 37 states ARP aid ranged from about 5% to more than 20% of annual spending, providing “critical breathing room that was rare in the slimmed-down budgets that lingered after the Great Recession.” That funding has helped provide critical relief to local communities, such as $763 million for child care providers in Kentucky.

States like Arizona have used ARP funding to provide relief to veterans and the homeless, while Michigan has used funding to invest in schools and state parks. And starting next week, the ARP is set to reduce child poverty in America in half with its incoming Child Tax Credit.

See more examples below of how the American Rescue Plan continues to provide critical relief across the country:

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL STORIES:

AL: Mayor Stimpson’s administration confidence the $5.1 million will curb crime in Mobile. [My NBC 15, 07/06/2021]

AZ: Temporary Structure To Provide Heat Relief For Homeless People In Phoenix. [KJZZ, 07/05/2021]

AZ: The pandemic would be a lot worse for Arizona veterans if it wasn’t for federal relief. [AZ Central, 07/05/2021]

DE: Worker bonuses, child care credits part of Delco back-to-work initiative. [KYW, 07/06/2021]

IA: Here’s how Davenport plans to spend $41 million for COVID-19 recovery. [Quad City Times, 07/06/2021]

IL: Federal aid tops 10.5% percent of Illinois’ total spending in 2020, Pew finds. [The Center Square, 07/02/2021]

IN: Most Hoosiers will see tax cut if Biden’s jobs, families plans enacted, analysis finds. [NWI TImes, 07/04/2021]

KY: Child care providers have access to $763 million in federal funds. [

MA: Massachusetts schools to receive $611.3 million to help schools reopen, address post-pandemic needs. [Berkshire Eagle, 07/07/2021]

MA: Here’s how much federal aid Massachusetts cities and towns are getting under American Rescue Plan. [MassLive, 07/07/2021]

MI: Michigan Head Start Programs Awarded $12.7 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding. [9&10 News, 07/07/2021]

MI: Whitmer unveils $150M investment in local parks, trails. [Michigan Advance, 07/06/2021]

MI: Flush with federal cash, states invest in their crowded parks. [The Detroit News, 07/04/2021]

MT: How One State Plans to Use Federal Relief Money to Shore Up Child Care Options. [Route fifty, 07/06/2021]

NH: Shaheen, Hassan Announce $11.7 Million Heading to New Hampshire to Support Students with Disabilities. [Shaheen.Senate, 07/02/2021]

NY: WNY communities welcome $823M in stimulus aid. Now they have to decide how to spend it. [Buffalo News, 07/04/2021]

OH: Youngstown community, mayor explore how to use American Rescue Plan’s $82 million for city. [WKBN, 07/06/2021]

OK: Tulsa County approves up to $3 million to local group for nonstop-flight incentive fund. [Tulsa World, 07/03/2021]

OR: Funding Available for Cultural Organizations Affected by COVID-19. [The Skanner, 07/02/2021]

PA: York County Commissioners put $25 million towards expanding internet access. [ABC 27, 07/02/2021]

RI: PEW: R.I. ranks №18 in share of stimulus funds relative to budget. [PBN, 07/05/2021]

RI and MA: Feds award $138M to RI, $611M to Mass. from emergency K-12 relief program. [WPRI, 07/07/2021]

TX: Ed Department OKs Texas’ plan for school stimulus funds, gives $4 billion more to state. [San Antonio Express News, 07/07/2021]

VA: $304.5 million in American Rescue Act funding announced for Virginia towns. [WHSV, 07/06/2021]

VA: Town of Culpeper gets $19.5 million through American Rescue Plan. [Culpeper Star Exponent, 07/05/2021]

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS:

San Diego County Board Chair, CA:

https://www.facebook.com/SupervisorFletcherSD/posts/813900352898818

CT Senate:

https://twitter.com/cathyosten/status/1412723787825614850

IA Senate:

https://www.facebook.com/bill.dotzler/posts/4107605212666877

IL Senate:

https://www.facebook.com/StateSenatorKVilla/posts/4057428024306426

MA Senate:

https://www.facebook.com/senatorjocomerford/posts/1833658650139278

https://www.facebook.com/CindyFriedmanMA/posts/1375298272864275

MI House:

vhttps://twitter.com/RachelHood76/status/1412962737139982336

Mayor, Manchester NH:

https://twitter.com/MayorJoyceCraig/status/1412792602496229379

NY Senate:

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorMichelleHinchey/posts/203819451663170

City Council, Pittsburg PA (retweet):

https://twitter.com/bobbywilson412/status/1412978799063576578

Councilmember, Philadelphia PA:

https://twitter.com/CouncilmemberJG/status/1411004276818726916

City Council, Columbia SC:

https://twitter.com/TIDEVINE/status/1413097681937997825

Council President, Edmonds WA (retweet):

https://twitter.com/smpaine/status/1411016991259774977

Federal Officials:

CA-24:

https://www.facebook.com/repsaludcarbajal/posts/1132737090547403

CO-02:

https://twitter.com/RepJoeNeguse/status/1412461842715136000

CT-02:

https://www.facebook.com/joecourtney/posts/10159237022189231

US Senate, GA:

https://twitter.com/ossoff/status/1412898717645017094

IL-14:

https://www.facebook.com/repunderwood/posts/2502040819941550

US Senate, HI:

https://www.facebook.com/SenBrianSchatz/posts/3781983625239750

HI-02:

https://twitter.com/kaikahele/status/1412753788386095112

MA-05:

https://www.facebook.com/RepKClark/posts/3011112835800901

MD-06:

https://twitter.com/repdavidtrone/status/1412893413498884100

US Senate, MI:

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorStabenow/posts/908293409722870

MN-02:

https://twitter.com/RepAngieCraig/status/1412835461123526658

MN-04:

https://www.facebook.com/repbettymccollum/posts/4095905837131417

US Senate, MT:

https://twitter.com/senatortester/status/1412897906995171329

US Senate, NH:

vhttps://www.facebook.com/SenatorShaheen/posts/4551413541557748

NH-02:

https://www.facebook.com/CongresswomanAnnieKuster/posts/1839551989551141

NJ-06:

https://twitter.com/FrankPallone/status/1412852484100472842

NM-01:

https://twitter.com/rep_stansbury/status/1412859777177194498

NV-01:

https://twitter.com/repdinatitus/status/1412803952303767557

NY-07:

vhttps://www.facebook.com/RepNydiaVelazquez/posts/10159691806663319

NY-12:

https://twitter.com/carolynbmaloney/status/1412896007856304130

NY-19:

https://www.facebook.com/DelgadoforCongress/posts/1311770565886253

TX-15:

https://www.facebook.com/RepVicenteGonzalez/posts/2905383126346616

VA-03 (retweet):

https://twitter.com/bobbyscott/status/1412848004932018176

VA-07:

https://www.facebook.com/RepSpanberger/posts/974764293273645

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