State ARPA Utilization Database

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 – a $1.9 trillion economic relief package – was signed by President Joe Biden March 11. The act addresses the need for short-term economic relief and provides long-term investments for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARPA includes $350 billion in new funding for state, local, territorial and tribal governments through the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. Within that fund, $195 billion is distributed directly to state governments and the District of Columbia through one or two disbursements. States must obligate this funding by Dec. 31, 2024 and expend it by Dec. 31, 2026 to:

  1. Support the public health response
  2. Address the negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency
  3. Serve the hardest-hit communities and families
  4. Replace lost public sector revenue
  5. Invest in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure
  6. Ensure premium pay for essential workers

While there are some restrictions on the use of funds, states have considerable discretion.

Recognizing that policymakers want to learn and share best practices, The Council of State Governments conducted an extensive 50 state scan of the allocation of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. Allocation data was collected from state actions, enacted legislation and mandatory State Recovery Plan Performance Reports submitted to the Treasury. In collaboration with the National Association of State Budget Officers, state allocation analyses were reviewed and verified by state budget offices.

The State ARPA Utilization Database includes the following elements:

  • State
  • CategoryGeneral program area of allocation
  • AuthorityLink to legislation or documentation of executive action
  • Summary:Brief description of the allocation
  • Authorizing Language:Enabling language from legislation and/or other documents
  • Amount BudgetedAmount authorized
  • Distributing EntityIf known, the entity charged with distributing funds (state agency, commission, third-party, non-profit organization, etc.)
  • Distribution MethodIf known, may include increased funds through existing state or local program formula, competitive grants, procurement of services, etc.
  • Final ApprovalIf applicable, the entity with final authority for determining distribution

NOTE: The CSG State ARPA Utilization Database includes information through December 2021. CSG is no longer collecting new data. However, research, analysis and documentation will be shared in the months ahead.

For information on fund allocations for citites and non-entitlement units (NEU) of local governments, see resources developed by The National League of Cities (NLC) – https://www.nlc.org/resource/local-allocations-in-the-american-rescue-plan/

For information fund allocations for counties, see resources developed by The National Associations of Counties (NACo) – https://www.naco.org/resources/featured/state-and-local-coronavirus-fiscal-recovery-funds

For information on fund allocations for territories and tribes, see resources developed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury – https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local-and-tribal-governments/state-and-local-fiscal-recovery-funds

Governor Proposals for American Rescue Plan Funds

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Enacted State Budgets

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