BEYOND THE BELTWAY

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and American Rescue Plan Fund Investments in Roads, Mental Health, Small Businesses, and More

Welcome to Beyond The Beltway, a weekly highlight of public investment in action!

The big investments in our families and communities keep coming. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $71 million investment to help disadvantaged farmers and improve equity in agriculture.

In addition, there were investments made across the country in housing assistance, small businesses, mental health, and highway infrastructure projects — all thanks to the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

  • ALABAMA: Alabama has received $100 million of American Rescue Plan funds to distribute to Alabamians who were at risk of foreclosure during the pandemic, paying up to 12 months of mortgage payments for people in need. So far, the state has paid out $39 million. [story]

  • IOWA: The state will receive $96.1 million from the American Rescue Plan’s State Small Business Credit Initiative to assist underserved small businesses by providing access to loans and capital. [story]

  • NEBRASKA: The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced it will invest $25 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds to replace aging ambulance fleets and purchase emergency medical equipment. [story]

  • TEXAS: Bexar County invested $25 million investment in American Rescue Plan funds to expand existing mental health resources and staff, including counselors and social workers. The county will also add 130 beds to its Dually Diagnosed Residential Facility. [story]

  • WEST VIRGINIA: The state will receive $750 million in annual Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds for the next few years to build and repair roads and bridges. West Virginia Transportation Secretary Jimmy Wriston called it the biggest chunk of federal highway money the state has ever received. [story]

  • WISCONSIN: Governor Tony Evers announced a $235 million investment in American Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to support more than 150 road and bridge projects across the state. [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.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

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