On Thursday, March 10, the Conference released a new survey of mayors that shows how critical relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) are being put to use in American cities. An important part of ARPA was direct fiscal assistance for state and local governments through the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. With the pandemic triggering painful budget shortfalls at a time of enormous need, cities were provided a total of $65.1 billion to assist in relief and recovery efforts. Since the law’s enactment one year ago, America’s mayors have developed responsible budget plans and worked with local officials to maximize the impact of these funds. Now, as we near the first anniversary of ARPA’s enactment, the survey released today offers a snapshot of how many cities are spending these dollars to address the short- and long-term negative impacts of COVID.
With responses from more than 100 cities, with big, medium, and small populations, the survey released today provides a sample of data on the types of programs that cities have used ARPA funds for, as well as offers dozens of specific examples of programs supported by these resources.