Washington State and the American Rescue Plan
The American Plan Rescue Act (ARP) will channel billions of dollars to Washington state as schools, businesses, governments and people begin to chart a course toward recovery from a year living with a global pandemic.
The legislation directs a virtual "helicopter drop" of money to Washington, including its cities and counties.
$1.9 billion for K-12 schools
$655 million for higher-education institutions
$635 million for child care
Washington also will receive $7.1 billion in aid for local, county and state governments that saw tax collections drop last year amid the economic downturn caused by the virus and restrictions to stem outbreaks.
Of that, $4.25 billion will go to the state level just as legislators in Olympia prepare new, two-year budget proposals that fund everything from schools and parks, to prisons, environmental programs and social services.
Local government aid includes money for each county, including
$437 million for King County and
$159.5 million for Snohomish County.
Money to cities includes
$239 million for Seattle,
$84.3 million for Spokane,
$63 million for Tacoma and
$25.5 million for Yakima.
“The passage of the American Rescue Plan Act is welcome news for millions of Americans. I applaud President Biden and congressional leaders for acting so swiftly to pass this much-needed relief for communities, health systems, businesses and workers. Governors across the country have been urging the federal government for nearly a year to fund the full-scale testing, vaccination and economic assistance resources needed to beat this crisis. Our work is not done, and Washingtonians must continue to wear masks and observe social distancing. But with the resources now at hand, we can take a significant step closer to the day when vaccinations are commonplace and the virus is under control."