Washington, D.C.— A new six-part analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) examines how states allocated funds from the $199.8 billion Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund program (CSFRF). The series was launched on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the CSFRF, a cornerstone program of the American Rescue Plan Act.
The Fiscal Road to Recovery Brief Series examines how federal funds are being leveraged to address economic relief, education, health, housing, infrastructure and state operational needs across all 50 states the District of Columbia and territories.
The briefs focus on six key allocation trends:
- Federal Funds Boost Economic Recovery—Pandemic-induced business disruptions contributed to one of the most severe economic downturns on record. This brief outlines how states and territories have used fiscal recovery funds for economic relief and recovery.
- Helping Schools Reopen and Recovery—The pandemic disrupted American education systems at every level, from preschool to college. Impacts include learning loss and mental health challenges. This brief outlines common ways states are using fiscal recovery funds to address educational priorities.
- Healing Pandemic Health Woes—The pandemic significantly disrupted longstanding trends in health outcomes, access to care, and the healthcare workforce. This brief outlines the most common uses of fiscal recovery funds to address these challenges in public health.
- Opening Doors to Housing Security—The pandemic deteriorated household incomes and increased housing instability for millions of people. This brief describes how states and territories have used fiscal recovery funds to alleviate housing hardships.
- Paving the Road for Infrastructure Development—The interconnected nature of the pandemic exposed deficits in water, sewer, broadband and general infrastructure. This brief outlines how fiscal recovery funds have been used for infrastructure development.
- Funds Keep Governments Afloat—The pandemic forced states to modify routine operations to limit public health exposure and economic disruptions while maintaining normal government services This brief outlines how states have used relief funds to ensure the continuity of government and efficient and effective state operations.
As NCSL continues to track how states are investing their portion of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, visit the ARPA State Fiscal Recovery Fund Allocations Database for an in depth look at how states are investing their portion of the latest stimulus bill to aid public health and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.