Prisons, Water Infrastructure And Broadband: Where States Are Spending Their Pandemic Relief Funding

Prisons, Water Infrastructure And Broadband: Where States Are Spending Their Pandemic Relief Funding

ILLUSTRATION BY FIVETHIRTYEIGHT / GETTY IMAGES When President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law last March, he funded federal programs designed to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and provided a third round of stimulus to Americans. But the bill also provided $350 billion in aid sent directly to states, counties and local governments to spend as they saw fit.

It was an almost unprecedented amount of money. According to an analysis from The Pew Charitable Trusts , states received aid equivalent to anywhere from 4.9 percent (Wisconsin) to 22.7 percent (Wyoming) of their spending in the […]

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