Budget Brief 9-02
January 28, 2009

Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan (ARRP), an $819 billion spending and tax-cut plan intended to spur economic growth. The $550 billion spending portion of the bill includes about $318 billion for state and local governments.

H.R. 1 increases funding for a host of state grant programs. Table 1 lists most of them, along with the recommended funding and additional relevant information. Virtually all of these programs already exist and the rules governing them are known by states. This Budget Brief will therefore focus on components of the bill that are a departure from current law. They include a fiscal stabilization fund, Medicaid assistance and new school construction funds.

Table 2 lists state-by-state allocations for several individual grant programs included in the bill.