Monthly Archives: March 2021

March 10, 2021 admin

Key provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act (March 9, 2021)

Key provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act (March 9, 2021)

State and Local Aid

The funding must be distributed quickly, though it will not all be disbursed at one time. Treasury and states are given 60 days to distribute funds in the first tranche, with additional funds to be made available in 1 year, pending TBD conditions are met. Funding in ARPA can be used to combat COVID-19 and also cover revenue shortfalls, as well as investments in infrastructure. Costs must be incurred by December 31, 2024, to be eligible.

·         $195 billion for states and DC

·         $130 billion for local governments

·         $20 billion for tribal governments

·         $4.5 billion for territories 

Unemployment 

The extension and amount of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation was a contentious issue that almost tanked the bill. In the end, the Senate agreed to keep the supplemental payments at their current level and extended the program by an additional week.

·         Federal supplemental UI: $300 per week through September 6, 2021 (were set to expire on March 14)

·         Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) extended to 79 weeks from 50, which aids workers who otherwise do not qualify for UI

·         Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation extended to 53 weeks from 24 for workers who have exhausted all other benefits

·         COBRA premiums are subsidized at 100%

SBA-related Initiatives 

·         Restaurant Revitalization Fund established with $28.6 billion in funding for restaurants, caterers, food trucks, and bars

·         Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) receive an additional $15 billion

·         State-Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) is revived with $10 billion in new funding, to be distributed by no later than September 30, 2030

·         501(c)(5) (unions), 501(c)(7) (social clubs), and 501(c)(8) (fraternal groups) are eligible for PPP loans, and the size of eligible 501(c)(3) groups has been increased to 500 employees; $7.5 billion in additional funding will be made available

Transportation

·         $30 billion in grants for transit agencies

·         $8 billion for airport authorities

·         $3 billion for aviation manufactures; payroll support program with retention requirements; cannot have used other assistance, such as PPP

Education

·         $40 billion for higher education

·         $123 billion for K-12

·         $135 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities

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March 2, 2021 admin

National Park Service invites public input on Finger Lakes National Heritage Area Feasibility Study

NEW YORK STATE — The National Park Service invites public input on a study to determine the feasibility of designating the Finger Lakes region of New York as a national heritage area. The 90-day comment period for the Finger Lakes National Heritage Area Feasibility Study will extend from March 1 to June 1, 2021. More information about the study is available at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/FingerLakes.

“Input from the public regarding the creation of a national heritage area in the Finger Lakes is critical to the study process. We also hope to learn more about the region from the people who know it best,” said Allen Cooper, regional chief of planning, National Park Service. “The information, interest and inquiries we receive from the public help inform our work as we assess the Finger Lakes as a potential National Heritage Area.”

The Finger Lakes National Heritage Area Feasibility Study was authorized by the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act of 2019, which directed the Secretary of the Interior to evaluate the natural, historic, cultural, educational, and recreational resources of the Finger Lakes. The study will assess if it is nationally worthy of recognition, conservation, interpretation, and continuing use; through designation as a national heritage area.

The legislation identified the following counties to be considered as part of the study: Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates. The feasibility study will also assess the demonstrated support of the community including businesses, residents, nonprofit organizations, and appropriate local, state and federal agencies.

The study’s assessment, along with any recommendations from the Secretary of the Interior, will be reported to Congress. The study will assess the region’s unique and important American stories, how they can be experienced by the general public, and how a potential new national heritage area would be organized by a coordinating entity, if one were to be designated by Congress. The study is expected to run through 2023.

For more, please click this document.

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