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Here’s how much of the $350B in COVID relief funding is coming to the ArkLaTex

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTAL/KMSS) – More than $61.6 million in emergency COVID relief funding is coming to Shreveport and Bossier City as part of President Joe Biden’s sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 pandemic rescue package.

The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday released a breakdown by city, state, and county of $350 billion in COVID recovery funds coming to eligible state and local governments. The money, which is part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, is earmarked to bolster state and local response to the pandemic and its economic impact.

“Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, more equitable economy as the country recovers,” the White House said in a fact sheet. “Within the categories of eligible uses, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities.”

Officials said the funds should not be used by state and local governments to cut taxes, pay down debt or bolster reserve funds. Of the $350 billion released, a total of $20.5B is slated to come to Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma:

  • Arkansas – $1,573,121,580
  • Louisiana – $3,011,136,886
  • Texas – $15,814,388,615
  • Oklahoma $1,870,417,575

Counties and parishes in the Ark-La-Tex will receive the following allotments:

Southwest Arkansas Counties:

  • Columbia – $4,556,247
  • Hempstead – $4,182,339
  • Howard – $2,564,334
  • Little River – $2,529,759
  • Miller – $8,402,165
  • Nevada – $1,602,854

Northwest Louisiana Parishes:

  • Bienville – $7,283,353
  • Bossier – $24,675,836
  • Caddo – $46,656,811
  • Claiborne – $3,043,714
  • DeSoto – $5,334,366
  • Natchitoches – $7,411,744
  • Red River – $1,639,187
  • Sabine – $4,639,760
  • Webster – $7,447,096

East Texas Counties

  • Bowie – $18,111,748
  • Cass – $5,832,199
  • Harrison – $12,927,140
  • Marion – $1,914,024
  • Morris – $2,406,244
  • Panola – $4,505,163
  • Shelby – $4,909,178
  • Titus – $6,361,304

McCurtain County, Okla.: $6,377,231

Cities in the Ark-La-Tex are slated to receive the following allocations:  

Southwest Arkansas:

  • Texarkana – $7,915,767

Northwest Louisiana:

  • Bossier City – $13,428,592
  • Shreveport – $48,240,338

East Texas:

  • Marshall – $9,078,903
  • Texarkana – $9,404,018

Administration officials said payments could begin to go out in the coming days.

According to administration officials, the money can be used to:

  • Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control;
  • Replace lost public sector revenue to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs;
  • Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses; and,
  • Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the inequal impact of the pandemic on certain populations

Within the categories of eligible uses, recipients have the flexibility to decide how to best use the funding to meet the needs of their communities. Recipients may use the Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures, by – among other uses – funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, mental health and substance misuse treatment and certain public health and safety personnel responding to the crisis;
     
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including by rehiring public sector workers, providing aid to households facing food, housing or other financial insecurity, offering small business assistance, and extending support for industries hardest hit by the crisis
     
  • Aid the communities and populations hardest hit by the crisis, supporting an equitable recovery by addressing not only the immediate harms of the pandemic, but its exacerbation of longstanding public health, economic and educational disparities
     
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have borne and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service during the pandemic; and,
     
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, improving access to clean drinking water, supporting vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and expanding access to broadband internet. 

The Treasury Department says these funds will be distributed directly to each state, county, parish and city. Local governments will receive funds in two installments, the first coming in May and the balance delivered in May 2022.

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