HONOLULU (KHON2) — Gov. David Ige held a news conference on Tuesday to talk about how American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds are being distributed statewide.
“We were able to allocate $1.6 billion provided to the state,” said Ige. “Nothing will be returned to federal government.”
The governor said Hawaii’s share of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan signed by President Joe Biden gave much-needed breathing room to put off further layoffs and furloughs, as well as to provide relief to critical programs.
Ige shared how the ARPA funds were allocated below:
- $84 million to Emergency Medical Services and injury prevention
- $60 million to Hawaii Tourism Authority
- $48 million to the Hawaii Dept. of Public Safety to strengthen COVID response in facilities statewide
- $41 million to Hawaii Safe Travels program
- $28 million to University of Hawaii
- $32 million to support state hospital systems
- $16 million to Hawaii Health Systems Corporation
- $11 million to Hawaii Convention Center to continue operations
- $10.8 million to homeless services
- $8 million to Hawaii State Department of Health for administrative needs and costs
- $6.5 million in benefits to eligible residents, serving approximately 300,000 people
- $5 million to Green Job Youth Corps program to fund up to 1,000 residents who want to pursue careers in conservation
- $1.5 million to support senior centers
The list is not exhaustive, Ige said. In December, the governor went through his Executive Supplemental Budget for 2021-23, which calls for increased funding for critical services in response to the ongoing pandemic. Click here to see the budget highlights provided by Ige’s office.
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“We continue to be committed, and I appreciate everyone’s willingness to sacrifice personal requirements on behalf of our community and recognizing that we all have a role to play, as we proceed to live with COVID-19,” said Ige.