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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.
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.
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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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:
The investment plan should be focused on big problems that we can make a dent in to help Oregon recover from 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.
The pandemic and historic wildfires showed weaknesses in our infrastructure and society that we should work to shore up.
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 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.
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.
These funds are game-changing in size and scope, and the public needs to see — and inform — how these dollars will work for them.
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:
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