Minnesota set to receive nearly $8 billion in COVID-19 relief funding

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    Minnesota is set to receive nearly $8 billion as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, according to estimates from Minnesota Management and Budget.

    The American Rescue Act was signed into law earlier this month. It includes funding for state and local governments, schools, small business loans and public health, as well as another round of stimulus checks. Minnesotans’ stimulus checks will add up to roughly $6.3 billion, according to MMB.

    Here’s a look at where the money will go in Minnesota. These numbers are estimates and could change.

    State and local government: The state government will receive $2.57 billion, and $2.12 billion will go to counties and cities. The money can be used for paying essential government workers, responding to the public health emergency and the economic downturn, replacing revenue losses caused by the pandemic and necessary investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure. The money can be used through the end of 2024.

    Public K-12 schools: $1.32 billion. The money can be used to cover costs associated with COVID-19 safety measures, avoid layoffs and hire staff, buy hotspots and computers for students, and fund programs to help students recover from the academic and emotional effects of the pandemic.

    Colleges and universities: $552 million. They will have to spend at least half the funds on emergency financial aid grants for students.

    Child care: more than $548 million. The money will go to Head Start programs, child care subsidies for low-income families and stabilization funds for child care providers.

    COVID-19 vaccines and testing: roughly $853 million, although allocations aren’t finalized. That money can be used to expand and improve COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution.

    The package will also funnel money to Minnesota for:

    • Public transit: $348 million
    • Capital projects: $178.8 million
    • Low-income home energy assistance program: $109.9 million
    • Pandemic emergency assistance: $14.3 million
    • Child abuse prevention and grants: $5.1 million
    • Mental health and substance abuse grants: $42 million
    • Arts, humanities, museums, libraries: $5 million
    Rilyn Eischens
    Rilyn Eischens is a data reporter with the Reformer. Rilyn is a Minnesota native and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.