Through August, the state of Missouri spent $222 million of the $1.7 billion received under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act for COVID-19 recovery efforts, reports released today by State Auditor Nicole Galloway show. The reports are the first to track spending of ARP funds, which Missouri began receiving in May 2021.
The reports for July and August on ARP spending are part of Auditor Galloway's ongoing review to help ensure accountability for the billions of federal dollars coming into Missouri for COVID-19 response and recovery. Since June 2020, the State Auditor's Office has released monthly reports on the $4.77 billion Missouri has received through the CARES Act and other federal programs for COVID-19 response efforts.
The ARP Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden in March 2021. The funding received by or made available to Missouri state government agencies will help pay for the state's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. ARP funding includes state and local recovery aid, temporary additional federal matching funds for the state's Medicaid program, funding for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, and funding for various other assistance and benefit programs.
In August, the state disbursed approximately $121.7 million to the Missouri Housing Development Commission for housing and rental assistance, and about $100.5 million to smaller local governments from the Coronavirus Local Government Fiscal Recovery Fund. Approximately $1.34 billion received for the Coronavirus State Government Fiscal Recovery Fund had not been disbursed, as of Aug. 31.