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Over $500 Million of Relief Funds in American Rescue Plan for Central Texas Governments

March 9, 2021

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 9, 2021

Contact: Kate Stotesbery

202-494-4620

 

Over $500 Million of Relief Funds in American Rescue Plan for Central Texas Governments

Washington, D.C. – Ahead of tomorrow’s final House vote on the American Rescue Plan, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) announced that the following estimated COVID-19 relief funds are expected to come to Central Texas governments once the package is signed:

Direct relief funds to local governments expected from the American Rescue Plan, as estimates in millions:

Austin

195.80

San Marcos

18.02

Travis County

247.08

Hays County

44.64

Caldwell County

8.47

In addition, as with CARES Act funds, communities like Kyle, Buda and Lockhart will receive ARP funds from the State. Estimates based on the 2019 Census estimates, in millions:

Buda

 

3.69

Kyle

 

10.55

Lockhart

 

3.08

“With our local leaders overcoming state failure after state failure, along with those from the Trump Administration, I am so pleased to announce that over half a billion dollars in reinforcements for their efforts are expected to home directly to our Central Texas governments from this rescue package,” said Congressman Doggett. “This rescue plan rises to the tremendous needs of this moment, to directly provide aid not only to the families and businesses suffering in this crisis, but also to our local governments that have been shouldering so much of the burden of leadership.”

In addition to the direct local aid described above, in more widely-discussed provisions, the American Rescue Plan includes a direct stimulus payment, an extension for unemployment benefits, a temporary increase in the child tax credit, $7.25 billion in new money for PPP, the small-business loan program, specific allocations to the Small Business Administration for grants to independent restaurants and other food and drinking establishments, and many other provisions set to assist Central Texas industries hit hard by this pandemic.

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