Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee on Thursday filed a supplemental budget amendment with the General Assembly on his “Rhode Island Rebounds” plan to spend approximately 10% of the State’s $1.13 billion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State Fiscal Recovery Funds.
Rhode Island has been one of the last states to spend the ARPA funds.
“We’re writing Rhode Island’s next chapter now,” said McKee. "Rhode Island Rebounds represents a crucial, initial, short-term investment in Rhode Island’s families, workers and small businesses to keep our economic comeback going strong.”
McKee’s announcement claims that the state’s "aggressive vaccination and public health responses have positioned Rhode Island as a leader as the country recovers from the pandemic.”
Rhode Island ranks 8th in the country for both cases and deaths per capita — combining for one of the worst responses in the nation statistically.