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Hickenlooper highlights COVID relief money for local towns, Eagle County

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March 12, 2021, 2:59 pm

The office of U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper on Thursday highlighted the local money for Eagle County in the American Rescue Plan — a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package signed into law Thursday by President Joe Biden and supported in the Senate by both Hickenlooper and Sen. Michael Bennet.

Vail: $1 million

Eagle: $1.4 million

Basalt: $820,000

Minturn: $230,000

Eagle County: $9.87 million

The funding goes directly to the cities and counties for COVID relief and is in addition to other components of the bill outlined in Hckenlooper’s press release below, such as school funding, stimulus checks and unemployment payments:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper is thrilled that President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. The $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill will supercharge vaccine distribution and provide direct support to help Colorado families reach the end of the pandemic. Hickenlooper voted in favor of the bill, which does more to support working and middle class families than any piece of legislation in a generation.

Gov. John Hickenlooper
John Hickenlooper

A fact sheet outlining the bill’s impact on Colorado is available HERE and below. For video of Hickenlooper highlighting some of his favorite parts of the bill, click HERE.

“Help is here,” said Hickenlooper. “COVID has wreaked havoc on our communities, but the American Rescue Plan will help Colorado bounce back. This bill supercharges vaccine distribution, gets our kids safely back in the classroom, and lifts millions out of poverty while boosting the economy. We will emerge stronger from this pandemic and economic crisis.” 

Last week, Hickenlooper read more than a dozen messages from Colorado constituents live on Twitter to highlight how much Coloradans are suffering from a pandemic that has hit the one-year mark.

The American Rescue Plan provides billions in pandemic relief directly to Coloradans. Here’s what’s in it for our state: 

MONEY IN POCKETS

  • 4.7 million Coloradans (82%) will receive stimulus checks of up to $1,400.
  • 1 in 3 Coloradans — approximately 1.4 million — reported difficulty covering normal household expenses (food, rent, car payments) in the last seven days.
  • Beginning in July, working families in Colorado with kids will start receiving $250-$300 each month thanks to a massive expansion of the Child Tax Credit.
  • 57,000 kids in Colorado will be lifted out of poverty because of this expansion.
  • The Earned Income Tax Credit is tripled, from $543 to $1,502 for 2021.

SHOTS IN ARMS

  • More than $160 billion in nationwide public health funding for vaccination distribution, testing, and contact tracing. 

HELP FOR OUT-OF-WORK COLORADANS

  • More than 200,000 Coloradans who are currently relying on unemployment benefits will receive a 6-month extension and a supplemental payment of $300 a week, which had been set to expire on March 14th. 
  • Laid off Coloradans will also get a 100% subsidy of COBRA health insurance premiums to ensure they can remain on their employers’ health care plans at no cost through the end of September. 

STUDENTS BACK IN CLASSROOMS

  • $1.2 billion for Colorado K-12 schools to reopen safely and address the significant impact of the pandemic on students’ education and well-being.
  • $495 million for Colorado higher education, half of which will go directly to students to prevent hunger, homelessness, and other hardships.
  • $466 million for Colorado child care providers to help them keep their doors open and reduce costs for struggling families, plus another $10.8 million for Head Start.

FOOD, HOUSING, & HEALTH CARE HELP

  • Extends the 15% increase in SNAP through the end of September.
  • More than 500,000 Coloradans rely on SNAP to put food on the table.
  • $300 million for Colorado in emergency rental assistance to help low-income households and the unemployed afford rent and utilities.
  • Lowers or altogether eliminates health insurance premiums for more than 184,000 Coloradans who buy insurance through the Connect for Health marketplace.

LOCAL AID & SMALL BUSINESS FUNDING

  • $6 billion in direct aid to the state and to local Colorado cities, towns and counties. For the amount of funding going to your community, email us.
  • Nearly $60 billion in grants and loans for small businesses, including a new $25 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
  • Thousands of Colorado businesses have shuttered and for those that have remained open, small business revenue has declined by 30%.

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