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Governor calls special session to address appropriating ARPA funds

The Alabama Legislature will convene for this special session Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Gov. Kay Ivey (Governor's Office/Hal Yeager)

Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday signed a proclamation calling the Alabama Legislature into a special session to handle the task of appropriating the federal American Rescue Plan Act funds.

The Alabama Legislature will convene for this special session Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at 11 a.m.

In issuing this call, Ivey also provided the following statement: “While states like Alabama are making record economic comebacks, Congress and the Biden White House are wanting our country to spend more and more federal dollars, and now we are tasked with allocating the American Rescue Plan Act funds. I have made clear, that unlike Washington, D.C., Alabama will be wise with these one-time, federal dollars.

“I again urge the members of the Legislature to direct these funds to meet some of Alabama’s biggest challenges like statewide broadband connectivity, water and sewer infrastructure, as well as investing funds in our hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers,” Ivey said. “We must be smart with these one-time, federal dollars by wisely investing – not just casually spending them. This is not free money.”

Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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