Governor McKee, R.I. officials announce first round of ARPA fund spending

This is just 10% of the total funds Rhode Island has been given.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – On Monday, Governor Dan McKee and other top state officials detailed how Rhode Island will spend part of its money from the American Rescue Plan Act.

In March, Rhode Island received $1.1 billion dollars after President Joe Biden signed the plan into law. The plan announced on Monday is just 10% of what Rhode Island was given, totaling around $113 million.

State lawmakers outlined this first plan of funding on the following:

  • $38.5 million to support social supports
  • $32 million to assist small businesses
  • $29.5 million to affordable housing
  • $13 million for tourism, hospitality, and event industries

Governor McKee says these are just some of the top priorities officials outlined.

Officials also announced $6 million towards growing child care needs and $3.64 million to support Early Intervention- in supporting health outcomes for children.


When asked by reporters why it took the Ocean State so long to outline a plan for the funds, House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi said it didn’t.

The house finances committee will vote on this plan next week. The other 90% of the funding will be discussed next year.

This is a developing story, check back for details.

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