25 May How Colorado will spend billions in federal funding 💸
Yesterday, members of the Colorado legislature were joined by Governor Polis, members of our congressional delegation and other state leaders to announce our plans to spend billions of dollars in federal funding.
Just two months ago, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan, putting sweeping relief into action. The stimulus plan has already provided direct relief to most Americans, routed funding to safely reopen schools, and put in place a temporary child tax credit.
Also in the package – $3.8 billion to jumpstart the economy and address Colorado’s ongoing needs in the wake of the pandemic. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create bold, transformational change in our state.
After gathering the feedback from our statewide listening tour, we’ve focused our spending on a few key areas:
- Funding affordable housing solutions
- Combating our mental and behavioral health crises
- Fortifying our state budget to prepare us for Colorado’s next challenges
- And investing in workforce development to give Coloradans the skills they need to thrive in our recovering economy
This unprecedented amount of federal funding gives us the opportunity to make sure Colorado builds back stronger by investing in what makes Colorado special: our people, our small businesses, our quality of life, and our public lands.
I’m grateful to members of our federal delegation for helping secure this much-needed funding for the people of Colorado.
I’m grateful to staffers and my colleagues at the Capitol who have spent countless hours preparing a plan to build Colorado back stronger.
And I’m so grateful to the people of Colorado for guiding our work and helping us understand the issues impacting you the most.
We’re in the dog days of the 2021 legislative session. With only a few days
left, there are still a handful of major, transformational policies that we’ll be taking action on this week.
We’ve already gotten a lot done this year, and there’s still more progress to be made on climate, gun violence, health care, and many other issues. I’m excited to share it all with you when session wraps.
Keep an eye out for my end of session wrap-up and upcoming end of session events.