Public relief fund website launched – Newstalk KZRG

Governor Mike Parson announces the launch of a public website to help guide those accessing Missouri’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

The American Rescue Plan Act was created to mitigate the negative impacts caused by COVID-19. Missouri received approximately $2.7 billion in state fiscal stimulus funds for COVID relief efforts, this was signed into law on March 11, 2021.

Under this law, there are several categories in which expenditures are permitted under federal regulations for ARPA state and local tax recovery funds. Categories eligible to receive these funds include:

  • Support public health spendingincluding funding for COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and some public health and safety personnel;

  • Address the negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergencyincluding economic harm to workers, households, small businesses, affected industries and the public sector;

  • Replace lost public sector revenue, use this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic; and

  • Investing in water, sewer and broadband infrastructuremaking the necessary investments to improve access to clean water, support vital wastewater and stormwater management infrastructure, and expand access to high-speed internet

Within these categories, it is up to each state to decide how they believe the money should be distributed for the needs of their communities. The new website will allow visitors to see how relief funds are distributed in Missouri and details on how businesses and organizations can apply for funds.

Mike Parson commented, saying, “We are excited to announce the launch of a public website to help guide access to Missouri’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

We want to use this historic funding to make responsible investments that best serve the people of Missouri…We owe it to the people of Missouri to be transparent in our spending efforts and to ensure that these funds are used in the most effective as possible.

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