IN THE STATES: AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN INVESTS IN SCHOOLS, FAMILIES, LOCAL GOVERNMENT JOBS & SERVICES

States across the country are already beginning to feel the benefits of the American Rescue Plan’s public investments, which prioritize the workers, communities, children, and families who need it the most.

Read more about how the American Rescue Plan benefits every state here.

StarTribune: 1.1 million Minnesota children could qualify for expanded tax credit
Normally, it would take the Fridley mom up to a month to afford to fix the flat tire she got the other week. But her stimulus payment arrived just in time. And as soon as July, Roan could start getting monthly checks for her four children. They’re among an estimated 1.126 million Minnesota kids to benefit from an expanded child tax credit in the recent $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package.
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Cash aid programs are not a work disincentive for parents like her, Holden said, “Not for people that work hard and want to provide for their children, and do anything it would take to provide.” And the child tax credit, unlike some other forms of assistance, does not have a steep drop-off if someone’s income climbs.

The Columbus Dispatch: How will the child tax credit inside Biden’s stimulus package affect rural Ohio?
While Wells has been fortunate to remain in business during the pandemic, some of her students’ parents have been forced to cut expenses to afford child care.

Help is on the horizon.

The center estimates this particular piece of the stimulus package will reduce child poverty by 40% across the country in 2021. And for the Appalachian Ohio region, which has a 17.5% poverty rate – 3 percentage points higher than the rest of the state – that means the child tax credit will lift around 132,000 children under 18 out of poverty.

The Florida Times-Union: Pandemic relief package includes $111 million to aid Jacksonville colleges, students
Four Jacksonville colleges will receive a combined $111.7 million in federal aid through the American Rescue Plan signed into law this month, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson’s office reported Friday.
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“The American Rescue Package is a critical lifeline for North Florida institutions and students who are facing severe economic strains due to the pandemic,” Lawson, D-Fla., said in the release. “This funding will provide them with much-needed assistance during this crisis as I continue to work to bring additional resources to our district.”

The Brunswick News: Local county, city governments to get over $50 million in COVID relief
According to documentation from the Georgia Municipal Association provided by the city of Brunswick, Georgia is getting $8.4 billion in total “to mitigate the fiscal effects stemming from the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19.”
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All of the money must be used by the end of 2024 to assist households, small businesses and nonprofits; to aid impacted industries such as tourism, travel and hospitality; to give eligible emergency and essential workers “premium pay;” award grants to eligible employers with essential workers on the payroll; to pay for government services in the amount of lost tax revenue; and to invest in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure.

KCRG: Iowa schools to receive nearly $775 million for COVID relief from the federal government
Iowa schools are slated to receive nearly $775 million in federal funds to help address costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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”With Iowa’s schools open for learning, this new round of funding will provide critical support to address current needs and plan for the future,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo in a statement. “Schools can use this funding over the next two and a half years to cover a variety of pandemic-related expenses and strategies. This includes addressing disruptions to teaching and learning, meeting students’ social, emotional, behavioral health needs, providing summer school and other extended learning and enrichment programs, hiring additional personnel to keep schools safe and healthy, supporting educators in the effective use of technology and meeting the connectivity needs of remote learners.”

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