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American Rescue Plan

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American
Rescue Plan

To efficiently and effectively spend approximately $6.4 billion in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, Governor Kate Brown has laid out principles to guide decision-making on American Rescue Plan investments.

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The American Rescue Plan offers Oregon the ability to turn around its economy from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this historic relief package, there is an opportunity to revitalize and rebuild our communities with equity and fairness at the center.

Help is here, Oregon.

The Biden-Harris American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress in early 2021 will give Oregon the resources to contain COVID-19 and rebuild the economy. With this historic relief package, Oregon can revitalize and rebuild our economies — and our communities — with equity and fairness at the center. To invest in transformational projects that will put our state on a path to a stronger and more equitable future.

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Guiding Principles

As Oregon prepares to efficiently and effectively spend approximately $6.4 billion in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, Governor Kate Brown has laid out the following principles to guide decision-making on American Rescue Plan investments:

We have an opportunity to make a big impact, and we should do that.

The investment plan should be focused on big problems that we can make a dent in to help Oregon recover from the pandemic.

We should address the disparities that were exacerbated by the pandemic.

Helping women, BIPOC communities, and those who were disproportionately harmed by the pandemic and the natural disasters of 2020 should drive decision-making.

We should make Oregon more resilient.

The pandemic and historic wildfires showed weaknesses in our infrastructure and society that we should work to shore up.

We should maximize the economic impact these dollars have on recovery this year.

If we act smart, we can narrowly target our investments, leveraging other dollars or leaning on strategies that we know will maximize our investment.

We should invest in programs where the pandemic has shown us there is a better way.

We saw the deficiencies and challenges of our childcare system, our housing support network, and other parts of the safety net during the pandemic, and we should invest in innovation that can improve these critical services.

These are one-time funds.

To the extent possible, investments made should not increase ongoing or roll-up costs for the state. Use some federal money to balance the budget, but don’t spend down reserves on top of one-time money.

Public accountability and participation will be key.

These funds are game-changing in size and scope, and the public needs to see — and inform — how these dollars will work for them.

10-Point Economic Recovery Plan
to Help Oregon Families and Businesses

Developed with input from the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors and Racial Justice Council, Governor Kate Brown developed a framework for economic recovery related to COVID-19 and wildfires, with a specific focus on strategically supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities.

Oregon’s outlook for rapid economic recovery is strong. Investments — including targeted funds from the American Rescue Plan —should align with the following 10 actions:

Action #1
Investing in Oregon’s hardest hit workers (those currently unemployed or underemployed)
Action #2
Reinvesting in innovative housing
Action #3
Supporting resilient rural communities
Action #4
Supporting Oregon’s workforce (those currently employed but struggling)
Action #5
Creating opportunities for Oregonians (workforce development)
Action #6
Getting small business back on its feet
Action #7
Investing in Oregon’s infrastructure
Action #8
Oregonians investing in Oregon
Action #9
Safely reopening Oregon’s economy
Action #10
Innovation in manufacturing

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