This is an ACEC/MA Member Resource Page on the Commonwealth's plans to spend American Rescue Plan Act funds.
|MA House votes to put state's federal American Rescue Plan Act funds into COVID-19 Relief Fund on 6/22/21||
The House on Tuesday rejected Gov. Charlie Baker's request to immediately spend $2.8 billion in federal COVID-19 relief money, choosing to follow through with the plan of Democratic leaders to sweep most of the $5.3 billion the state received into a separate fund as they consider how to deploy the money. The House voted unanimously, 160-0 in its acceptance of Democratic leadership's revised plan for the state's federal American Rescue Plan Act funds, sweeping most of the money into the Legislature's COVID-19 Relief Fund while giving Baker "some latitude around $200 million" and "a lot of latitude in things that need immediate need."
|Governor returned bill to the House an amendment on June 17.||
In an attempt to end the battle over who gets to spend nearly $5.2 billion in federal relief money, Gov. Charlie Baker pitched a plan that would see him cede much of his control over the aid to the Legislature, as long as lawmakers agree quickly to spend more than half on priorities such as home ownership assistance, substance abuse treatment and job training.
The governor made his pitch on the same day he faced a deadline to act on a bill passed by the Legislature that would sweep nearly $5.18 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funding into the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund. That fund is subject to appropriation by lawmakers, meaning the APRA relief funding would go through a more traditional budgeting process.
H 3827, An Act relative to transferring federal funds to the federal COVID-19 response fund
The governor has until June 17 to act on H 3827, a bill that would steer $5.3B in federal aid into a new Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund. Last week the Legislature passed the bill to move the state's lump sum of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal assistance into a "segregated fund" to be appropriated separately from the state budget process. The Governor’s office has suggested it is not on board with the Legislature's plan, maintaining that the discretionary funding does not require legislative appropriation.
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