June 28, 2021
Denver—At least 13 states have already allocated funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) to mitigate the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The $1.9 trillion act includes $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local and territorial and tribal governments. State governments and the District of Columbia will receive $195.3 billion of the state portion of the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) over two-part disbursements.
A new database by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) captures the ways states are utilizing SLFRF allocations by state, category and legislative or executive authority.
A few key database findings include:
- At least eight states have used 73 SLFRF allocations related to health and human services needs.
- At least five states have used 19 SLFRF allocations related to water and broadband infrastructure needs.
States must obligate state fiscal recovery funds by 2024 and spend them by 2026. This database, currently tracking approximately 230 SLFRF allocations, will be regularly updated as states release allocations as fiscal year 2021 budgets wrap up and following special sessions.
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.