Nevada panel parcels out $1B-plus in federal pandemic aid – Las Vegas Review-Journal

CARSON CITY — The Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee on Wednesday approved allocations of more than $1 billion in federal pandemic relief assistance, including outlays for unemployment, education, public health, restoring job cuts and other uses authorized under the $2.7 billion Nevada received in American Rescue Plan funding.

The state has also transferred about $1.1 billion in federal pandemic aid to its general fund, with expenditures to be determined by the Legislature at a future date, committee members were told.

Approved in May, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan allocated a total of $350 billion to state and local governments to cover the costs of recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of public health, economic impacts, lost public sector revenue, pay for essential workers and infrastructure investments.

Besides the state’s share, local governments and school systems in Nevada received separate allocations, including $440 million to Clark County, $130 million to Las Vegas, $46 million to North Las Vegas and $37 million to Henderson. Nevada schools got $1.1 billion, and 13 Nevada localities with fewer than 50,000 residents shared $150.7 million, allocated according to population.

Combined with the first round of assistance provided under the earlier CARES Act, Nevada has received some $7 billion in federal pandemic aid. The state continues to seek public input on uses for the latest round of funding according to its recovery framework plan.

The funding allocated Wednesday, some of it pursuant to legislation adopted in the 2021 session, includes $335 million to replenish the state’s unemployment compensation fund; $218 million in support grants to more than 9,000 licensed or registered child care providers; $200 million to public schools to address pandemic-caused learning loss; $66.3 million to restore nearly 800 positions in state government and higher education slated to be cut due to pandemic revenue

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