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The monthly 'Child Tax Credit' is good for Arizona families — and for the lawmakers who support it

By reinstating the expanded and monthly child tax credit, which expired earlier this year, 92% of all children in Arizona would benefit, and millions of families would see immediate relief from inflation.... Read more»

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9th Circuit revives Arizona fight over COVID relief restrictions

Arizona has standing to challenge a provision in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that bars states from using the federal funds to cut taxes, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Thursday, reversing a federal judge’s decision. ... Read more»

Gila River Indian Community awarded $4.4 million to expand broadband

The Gila River Indian Community received a $4.4 million dollar grant from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan to help improve access to and use of broadband internet service among tribal citizens.... Read more»

Rural healthcare orgs in Arizona awarded $5.1M in USDA grants

A dozen healthcare organizations in Arizona will share over $5.1 million in federal grants as part the American Rescue Plan Act, passed last year under the Biden administration.... Read more»

Pima County's free pre-K program to grow with new classrooms, $30M in spending

Pima County has started approving contracts with school districts that will fund their free preschool program for low-income families, called PEEPS, with federal COVID relief from the 2021 American Rescue Plan. The switch is expected to bring and keep more teachers and open more classrooms. ... Read more»

Arizona jobless rate continues decline, fell to lowest rate in 15 years

The Arizona unemployment rate dropped to 3.6% in February, well below pre-pandemic levels and the lowest it has been since 2007, but industries like public service, hospitality and education are still suffering from vacancies created by COVID-19.... Read more»

A year later, Arizona city officials call American Rescue Plan aid a lifesaver

President Joe Biden came to the National League of Cities conference this week to tout the success of the American Rescue Plan, which besides tax credits, rental assistance and expanded jobless benefits, directed just over $1 billion to 24 Arizona cities.... Read more»

Biden urges city leaders to take advantage of billions in federal relief funds

President Joe Biden on Monday urged local and city governments to continue to use the $130 billion in funds allocated to them from the American Rescue Plan to help during the pandemic. ... Read more»

As pandemic ends, so does rent aid, leaving uncertain future for Pima County tenants

The pandemic brought a windfall in rental assistance in Pima County, but as COVID-19 winds down, so will that aid. The local housing crisis hasn't ended, and community workers, government officials and tenants alike say rent hikes will mean spikes in the number of homeless people here.... Read more»

Tohono O'odham get $3.45 million in COVID relief funds for housing, roads

Ki:ki Housing Association, a Tohono O'odham agency, plans on using $3.45 million in federal COVID relief to build two homes and several roads that will give better access to four villages on the nation.... Read more»

Pima County spending $1.3 million per month to shelter migrants released by DHS

Over the last few months, Pima County spent around $1.3 million per month to shelter migrants released by Homeland Security officials, and the county faces a funding crunch as federal grants that helped cover theses expenses are held up in Congress.... Read more»

PimaRecovers.com site tracks county's COVID relief spending

Pima County has launched a website to publish how federal COVID relief has been spent during the pandemic. PimaRecovers.com details the use of more than $300 million, including for eviction relief. ... Read more»

As assistance for renters still lags, fears of eviction rise in Arizona

The number of Arizonans fearing eviction has grown sharply since a pandemic moratorium on evictions ended in September, with advocates and landlords both saying rental assistance from the federal government has not reached renters fast enough. ... Read more»

Arizona sues White House in battle over use of COVID-19 funding

Republican Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona sued the Biden administration Friday after the feds demanded changes to the state’s programs that send relief money to school districts without mask mandates. ... Read more»

Federal aid propping up child care isn't a long-term fix

Federal COVID-19 relief dollars for child care providers will continue to flow this year, but advocates warn that the money won’t solve the industry’s fundamental, long-term challenge: how to provide quality services and pay workers a competitive wage while keeping prices affordable.... Read more»

Navajo Nation will send $2,000 to adults and $600 to kids in COVID-19 hardship aid

The Navajo people are getting some much needed help from their Tribal government as another round of COVID-19 hardship assistance checks are expected to roll out soon.... Read more»

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