ICYMI: AZ Republicans Flail While Biden-Harris Administration Continues to Build Back Arizona
PHOENIX –– This week, while Arizona Republicans were busy moving 2.1 million ballots in their wasteful, unpopular circus of an ‘audit’, gutting public education funding, and gearing up to host fundraisers with prominent white nationalists, President Biden’s American Rescue Plan continued to deliver for struggling Arizonans across the state.
Much to the chagrin of every single congressional Republican who voted against the aid package, President Biden’s economic recovery plan is working. Across the state, Arizonans are reading about how the Biden-Harris administration continues to revive our local economy and rebuild our communities.
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Tucson’s major school districts are set to receive more than $290 million from The American Rescue Plan, passed by Congress in March.
The third federal stimulus package in response to the coronavirus pandemic included more than $2.3 billion to be allocated directly to school entities based on the percentage of their student body who come from low-income families.
Airports around Arizona are getting another round of federal funding to help recover from the effects of COVID-19. The latest money comes from the American Rescue Plan, signed into law earlier this year.
While the CDC last week put covid-related evictions on hold until July 31, a local program aimed at preventing evictions has more than $20 million available to aid both renters and landlords.
The program still has more than $20 million in rental assistance available….. Community Investment Corporation Director Danny Knee expects more funding from the American Rescue Plan.
With more than 200 people per day moving to Maricopa County, evictions looming, and homelessness increasing in the Valley faster than anywhere else in the nation, housing instability is at a tipping point for many Arizonans.
The good news is money may be less of an issue with the hundreds of millions of American Rescue Plan Act dollars that are coming into the state specifically to fund homelessness and housing solutions.
Around $435 million in funding approved by the Board of Supervisors will be used, aiming to bring services and stability to people impacted by the pandemic.
“Maricopa County took immediate and aggressive action to ease the pain of our citizens during the worst of the pandemic,” Jack Sellers, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors chairman, said in the press release.
“Now, using ARPA money, we will build on the experience we have implementing targeted, successful assistance programs to support small business owners, seniors and persons with disabilities, folks struggling to get a job or pay bills, and people who are experiencing homelessness.”
The American Rescue Plan passed by Congress earlier this year expanded the dollar amount of the child tax credit for 2021 only. It also allowed for half of credit amounts to be paid in advance. The first of six advance payments will start around July 15. More than 30 million American households could qualify for the child tax credit, the IRS estimates, including more than 600,000 in Arizona.
The Internal Revenue Service has scheduled two free sessions at its main Phoenix office to help ensure that more eligible households receive this credit by completing and filing tax returns.
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