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ARPA spending in Connecticut: How is money being used?

President Biden signs the American Rescue Plan on March 11, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C.
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President Biden signs the American Rescue Plan on March 11, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. The bill was one of several pieces of legislations passed by Congress to provide help to Americans during the pandemic.

The American Rescue Plan Act was signed on March 11, 2021. Less than two weeks later, $81 billion was released to states across the country.

This hour on Where We Live, we hear from experts on the state of ARPA spending in Connecticut. How is money being used to support housing, education and infrastructure?  
Municipalities must allocate funds by December 2024 and fully spend them by December 2026.

Guests

  • Susan Raff: Chief Political reporter at WFSB
  • Alan Berube: Interim Vice President and Director of Brookings Metro at the Brookings Institution
  • Bilal Tajildeen: Co-Founder of It’s Time Waterbury
  • Darrell Bradford: President of the John Read Middle School PTA

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Anya Grondalski is a freelance producer. She started at Connecticut Public as a radio production intern and currently assists in producing shows for Where We Live. Anya has double majors in journalism and political science at Quinnipiac University. She will be pursuing public relations for her graduate year.
Walter Smith Randolph is the Investigative Editor and Director of The Accountability Project at Connecticut Public Broadcasting. The New York City native comes to CT Public after a decade of reporting at local tv stations across the country.