BEYOND THE BELTWAY
American Rescue Plan Makes Big Investments in Broadband, Education, Community Health, and More
Welcome to Beyond The Beltway, a weekly highlight reel of public investment in action!
This week’s edition features major investments in broadband, schools and education, community health, and workforce development, all thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
KENTUCKY: Governor Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky will invest $89 million of American Rescue Plan funds to bring internet access to underserved areas. The investment will expand high speed internet access to more than 34,000 Kentucky families and businesses. [story]
ARIZONA: The Arizona Department of Education announced that it has received $118 million in American Rescue Plan funds to support education across the state, including funding for mental health support, STEM programs, hiring teachers in rural areas, literacy programs, and support for low-income and first-generation students. [story]
INDIANA: The Indiana Department of Health has distributed $35 million in American Rescue Plan funds to address critical health issues affecting state residents, including food insecurity or obesity, lead exposure, hepatitis C, chronic diseases, and prevention programs. [story]
WEST VIRGINIA: The Harrison County School District will receive nearly $5 million in American Rescue Plan funds to improve broadband connections for students and help schools, libraries and educational organizations purchase key technological resources like laptops and tablets. [story]
CALIFORNIA: The Sacramento City Council approved $14 million in American Rescue Plan funds to invest in workforce development for marginalized and vulnerable communities, including youth and young adults from foster care, re-entry or immigrant/refugee populations. [story]
About Invest in America
Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.
The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.