Joe Biden

Round-Up: The Broad Benefits of Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda

President Biden’s legislative agenda invests in our nation’s future, and around the country in key swing states, parents, families, and communities are benefiting from the administration’s effort to build our economy back better than ever. 

In Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, and Wisconsin stories continue to highlight ways the Build Back Better agenda will lower costs for working familiescreate millions of jobs by investing in our infrastructure, and enact a historic middle-class tax cut. 

This is all a part of the President’s plan to reward work, not wealth, and give hardworking, ordinary Americans – the people who built this country – a fair shot. It’s time to usher in a new era of government that rewards everyone. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make sure all of us share in the benefits of a grown economy. 

Read what parents and workers are hearing about the Biden-Harris Build Back Better agenda:

GEORGIA:

Calhoun Times – Rural School Grants Awarded To Calhoun, Gordon County Schools.

  • “Gordon County and Calhoun City schools will each get additional funding from the state specifically targeted to assist rural districts. Other nearby systems also will see grants from the state Department of Education’s newly formed Office of Rural Education & Innovation.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – More Georgia Families To Get Child Care Subsidy.

  • “Starting next month, an additional 10,000 low-income Georgia families will get help from the state to pay for child care.The expansion will be funded from November of this year to Oct. 1, 2024 with money from the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress this year.”

OHIO:

Cleveland.com – Cleveland Fed Report: Cleveland’s Stimulus Money Roughly Equal To One Year Of Tax Revenue, Could Be ‘Transformational’.

  • “How much of a difference could Cleveland’s $511 million, Cuyahoga County’s $239 million and Ohio’s $5.4 billion from the American Rescue Plan make in communities? According to a recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, we can find the answer by comparing a state or local government’s stimulus cash with its 2020 tax revenue. Cleveland’s windfall exceeds its 2020 tax revenue, while Cuyahoga County’s is about 30% of its tax collections and Ohio’s is about 17%.”

Columbus Dispatch – Columbus Announces $8.8 Million In Support To City’s Homeless Shelters And Employees.

  • “The city of Columbus is spending $8.8 million from its federal American Rescue Plan funds to help support staffers and institute new mental-health programs at the city’s homeless shelters. The biggest chunk of that — $4.9 million — will be given to the Community Shelter Board to be spent on training and salaries for 37 new mental-health interventionists.”

NPR – Dayton Is Spending Some Of Its COVID Aid In Unexpected Ways. It’s Not Alone.

  • “Dayton is taking its time to plan what to do with its share of the aid package, which has to be obligated by the end of 2024. “This is a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Shelley Dickstein, city manager, who described the funding as a chance to do “transformative things” for the community. “The city of Dayton has never received $138 million in federal grant funding — and it probably never will again,” she said.”

PENNSYLVANIA:

Pennsylvania Capital-Star – Pa. Home Energy Assistance Program Begins For 2021-22 Winter Season.

  • “LIHEAP, a federally funded program administered by the state Department of Human Services, received a funding boost from the American Rescue Plan Act, increasing LIHEAP’s minimum grant of $200 to $500 and the maximum from $1,000 to $1,500 for the 2021-22 season.”

WJET/WFXP – Wolf Administration Announces Enhancements To Subsidized Child Care Program.

  • “Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) could help families pay for family services in Pennsylvania. On Monday, Governor Tom Wolf and his administration announced changes to Child Care Works (CCW), Pennsylvania’s subsidized child care program, to decrease costs to families who qualify for subsidized care while also adding incentives for child care providers to participate in the program.”

ARIZONA:

Arizona Daily Star – Arizona To Get Another $862 Million In Federal COVID Relief Money For Schools.

  • “Arizona is getting another $862 million in federal COVID relief money to help safely reopen schools.The $862 million distributed Thursday by the Department of Education comes from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund. It is the final payment in the $2.5 billion Arizona was allotted.”

KTAR News – Arizona Education Chief Says Federal COVID funds ‘Essential’ For Safe Schools.

  • “Arizona has now received more than $4 billion in federal COVID-19 recovery funds for education, which Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said has been “incredibly critical” for schools to safely reopen because “the state has fallen short” in that regard.”

NORTH CAROLINA:

Star News Online – $59 Million Housing Project Starway Village In Wilmington Closer To Reality With New Funding.

  • “With funding falling into place, a $59 million affordable housing project off Carolina Beach Road could be getting closer to becoming a reality. The funding comes from a re-shuffling of money New Hanover County received from the American Rescue Plan, a federal economic stimulus bill.”

WISCONSIN:

Wisconsin Examiner – Evers Allocates $45 Million To Stop ‘Another Public Health Crisis’ Of Violence And Crime.

  • “Gov. Tony Evers delivered his weekly radio address Thursday on $45 million in new funds he and Attorney General Josh Kaul plan to put into violence prevention and crime-victim support. On Wednesday they announced that the money, from American Rescue Plan Act federal dollars, would be split: $25 million would go for statewide research seeking community solutions into violence prevention and $20 million would support providers helping crime victims.”

Journal Times – City Of Racine To Pursue State Grant For Economic Development

  • “The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Workforce Innovation grant is using funds, allocated to the state through the federal American Rescue Plan Act, to offer grants from $250,000 to $10 million to address workforce challenges in the state’s various regions.”

Wisconsin State Journal – Wisconsin Closed Out Last Fiscal Year With Record $2.58B Surplus.

  • “Wisconsin closed out the 2021 fiscal year with a positive balance of $2.58 billion, more than double the previous year’s balance of $1.17 billion, the state Department of Administration announced Monday.”

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