Fiscal Road to Recovery Brief Series:

A Look at How States are Spending Stimulus Funds

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This six-part brief series examines American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund allocation priorities a year after the program launched and showcases examples to help inform policymakers as they combat the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 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 Recover

The pandemic disrupted American education systems at every level, from pre-school 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.