Legislature Approves Plan For Millions Of Pandemic Spending

The vote was unanimous in both the House and the Senate. Governor McKee has signed a 119-million-dollar bill- federal pandemic relief funds that will go to a variety of projects including small business help, affordable housing and economic development.

“Today, we move forward with a crucial investment in Rhode Island’s future,” said Governor McKee. “RI Rebounds directs federal funding where it is needed most – to children, families, workers, housing and small businesses. I thank the Speaker and Senate President for their partnership and commitment to making this plan a reality. I look forward to working together to further our recovery and make Rhode Island a more prosperous and equitable state for all.”

The proposal included $38.5 million to support children, families, and social supports; $32 million to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19; $29.5 million to promote affordable housing, housing stability supports and broadband; and $13 million for hard-hit tourism, hospitality and event industries.

The state received over a billion dollars from the fed. The state has to spend it. They can’t bank it.

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