The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) is the sixth federal COVID-19 relief bill passed in the last year, and is by far the largest infusion of resources to the state. The scale of assistance and time-frame over which funding remains available spurred Governor Lamont to direct his administration to ensure that the state’s recovery efforts were oriented toward transformative initiatives that would enable Connecticut to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger, healthier, and ready to resume the progress that has made the state a leader in many areas, and a desirable place to live.
As a result, Governor Lamont developed five key areas for these investments:
- Defeating COVID-19
- Investing in our Future
- Creating a More Affordable Connecticut
- Economic Growth that Works for All
- Modernizing State Government
The General Assembly also recognized the opportunities presented by the anticipated level of federal assistance, passing Special Act 21-1, An Act Concerning Legislative Oversight and Approval of COVID-19 Relief Funds. Briefly stated, that act requires the Governor to share his recommended allocations for two specific forms of assistance – the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund, and the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund – and the General Assembly is required to approve or propose modifications to the allocation plan by way of public or special act.
ReWork Connecticut - Rebuilding Connecticut's Workforce
Education Connecticut - Enriching the Lives of Connecticut's StudentsARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Program