Cities and counties in our metro are figuring out how they plan to spend part of the $2.1 billion of federal coronavirus relief that's being allocated to Minnesota and its local governments.
Why it matters: Local officials want to put the money toward things that affect our communities, like affordable housing, homeless outreach, public safety, economic development and broadband infrastructure.
Catch up quick: The U.S. Treasury last month decided how much of the $1.9 trillion in American Rescue Plan funding states, counties and local governments would receive.
- Half of the money has been sent out, and the rest will go out in May 2022.
- The Treasury set up a long list of guidelines over how the funds can be spent; replenishing reserves isn't allowed.
The state of play: Minneapolis, the biggest recipient, is debating this week how to spend $271 million.
- Mayor Jacob Frey's $89 million plan for the first round of funding includes $37 million for economic rebuilding, $28 million for housing/homelessness and $11.5 million for public safety.
- It also includes a $3 million guaranteed basic income pilot, which would provide 200 families with $500 per month over the span of two years.
St. Paul is getting $167 million; the city plans to discuss budgets for its departments through July.
- Deputy Mayor Jaime Tincher presented a plan earlier this month for some immediate needs, including $975,000 for additional police patrols and 14 new positions to combat homelessness that would cost the city $1.7 million per year.
Ramsey County told the Pioneer Press it'll likely use its $107 million to boost efforts to address its shortage of affordable housing.
Of note: Another $377 million is flowing into Minnesota municipalities with fewer than 50,000 people.
Go deeper: Read our full story for more on how cities such as Duluth and Edina plan to spend their funds.
- Plus: Check out these lists for the breakdown of how much cities and counties are getting.