States, cities, and counties with more than 250,000 people must publish annual Performance Plan Recovery Reports on how they will use their SLFRF. In addition, all states, localities, tribal governments and territories must submit Project and Expenditure Reports detailing the projects being funded with SLFRF and the progress implementing them. You can use the Treasury Department database of reports to figure out which projects are being supported and determine how much funding is still available
This Recovery Agenda is centered on some key priorities as Louisiana comes out of the pandemic and continues to rebuild from Hurricanes Laura and Ida: supporting workers; addressing housing needs; investing in families and poverty reduction; helping children; and making our government and communities more resilient. It was developed in partnership with advocates and community leaders across Louisiana, with the goal of building a more inclusive and equitable recovery.
The Louisiana Budget Project (LBP) monitors and reports on public policy and how it affects Louisiana’s low- to moderate-income families. LBP works to change public policy by: creating a deeper understanding of the state budget and budget-related issues; looking at the big picture of how the budget impacts citizens
encouraging citizens to be vocal about budget issues that are important to them; and providing insight and leadership to drive the policy debate.
The Louisiana Budget Project brought together 17 organizations to draft and promote a Recovery Agenda for Louisiana. It called for investing federal pandemic aid to support workers, address housing needs, invest in families and poverty reduction, and help children. “Louisiana has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to solve some long-standing problems,’’ Louisiana Budget Project executive director Jan Moller said. “But that can only happen if we focus our rebuilding efforts on the communities and people that have suffered the most from the Covid pandemic and natural disasters.”
Community-Centered Process: Coming together to avoid the failures around the use of Hurricane Katrina aid
The Recovery Agenda for Louisiana reflects the collective effort of coalition members devoted to economic, racial, and environmental justice. The coalition includes organizations focused on affordable housing, children’s issues, workers’ rights, environmental justice and more. These groups recognized that the last time the state received substantial federal aid – following Hurricane Katrina – policymakers squandered the money with giveaways to big business and tax cuts for the rich. These poor choices led to years of budget cuts that left Louisiana workers and families even further behind. The coalition was committed to avoiding a repeat, and so they developed a comprehensive agenda and presented it to policymakers in advance of the state’s budget session. The proposals had a few specific budget asks depending on projects or previously existing programs but were generally intended to serve as a starting point for negotiations with legislators.
The Louisiana Recovery Plan coalition had notable successes. The state budget adopted for Fiscal Year 2023 uses $27 million in federal funds for early childhood education programs and $33 million for workforce training related to health care. Early childhood education and child care funding were explicit asks made by the Governor in the executive budget, and the paid leave request was a result of a deal cut by the Speaker and House Dem Caucus Chair. In addition, two proposals from the Recovery Agenda were funded: Supporting the Empowering Families to Live Well Council, which will help the state advance policies that address poverty, and $500,000 for an actuarial study of a paid family and medical leave program. The Live Well funding was achieved thanks to the State Association of Catholic Bishops, who was a partner organization. The budget creates the potential for even greater future investments in an equitable recovery and offers a framework for continued organizing of the Recovery Plan coalition.
The Recovery Plan reflects a comprehensive vision to help residents hurt the most by the pandemic and to lay the groundwork for addressing long-standing economic and racial inequities. It calls for, among other things: premium pay for essential but low-wage workers who provided vital services during the pandemic; a new paid family and medical leave program that will help millions of workers and put the state in a better position to weather future downturns; both emergency rental assistance and funds to help residents repair damage remaining from prior hurricanes; extensive investments in children from birth-to-age three; student loan forgiveness; and funds to build primary health care clinics in underserved communities. The coalition is committed to fighting for this vision for years to come.
The information in this database was collected through legislation and executive orders. Where appropriate, news releases and media articles were used to supplement details on the specific use of funds. This database does not include proposals.
Focuses on states and territories. Allows users to focus on selected states and types of spending. Includes links to relevant legislation or executive orders.
Many states and territories have appropriated a substantial share of their Fiscal Recovery Funds. These interactives present information on their allocation of the funds, including investments that enhance equity.
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Toolkit was developed by the Southern Economic Advancement Project to assist community leaders, local officials and advocates to better understand the program, all while promoting equity and community engagement.
A State and Local Opportunity to Advance Paid Leave for Workers: American Rescue Plan State and Local Funds Can Be Used for Paid Leaveadmin2023-02-07T17:52:42+00:00
Many cities and counties are still deciding how to spend their remaining local recovery funds from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). To help local governments use these precious resources to address long-standing inequities and reach the communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, PolicyLink and the Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy at The New School have released initial findings from our research on how cities across the United States are investing their ARPA resources.
Public Engagement and Transparency Is Key to States and Localities Using Federal Aid to Advance Racial Equityadmin2022-08-15T15:01:24+00:00
Public engagement and transparency are critical to ensuring that State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds are spent in ways that meet communities’ priorities, address the greatest harms of the pandemic, and build an inclusive, equitable recovery.