The rules: How can Mississippi, local governments spend billions in COVID-19 stimulus? – Mississippi Today

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The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act signed into law in March directs about $6 billion to Mississippi — an amount roughly equal to the state’s annual general fund budget.
The bulk of the money is going to individuals, including $1,400 stimulus checks and child tax credits, or directly to education, other agencies and programs. Mississippi state government is receiving $1.8 billion and city and county governments $900 million. State and local governments have through December 2024 to allocate the money and December 2026 to have it all spent.
The U.S. Department of Treasury sets the rules on the spending, an ongoing process with final rules expected by the end of the year. In May, Treasury issued its “Interim Final Rule” on the spending, including lists of eligible and prohibited expenditures.
READ MORE: The latest Treasury guidelines for how state and local governments can spend COVID-19 relief funds
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by Geoff Pender, Mississippi Today
November 15, 2021
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Geoff Pender serves as senior political reporter, working closely with Mississippi Today leadership on editorial strategy and investigations. Pender brings 30 years of political and government reporting experience to Mississippi Today. He was political and investigative editor at the Clarion Ledger, where he also penned a popular political column. He previously served as an investigative reporter and political editor at the Sun Herald, where he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for Hurricane Katrina coverage. Originally from Florence, Mississippi, Pender is a journalism graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and has received numerous awards throughout his career for reporting, columns and freedom of information efforts.
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