This week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson announced local governments in his North Florida district will get almost $295 million in federal funds to help recover from the pandemic.
“The funds will be provided through the U.S. Treasury Department’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program. The program was created by the historic American Rescue Plan that was passed by Congress to provide emergency funding for local governments as they cope with budget gaps and recover from COVID-19,” Lawson’s office noted.
“The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program will provide substantial flexibility for each jurisdiction to meet local needs – including support for households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers, and the communities hardest hit by the crisis,” the congressman’s office added.
“The health and economic impacts of COVID-19 have devastated our communities and crippled local governments,” Lawson said on Tuesday. “Continuing budget shortfalls are putting countless teachers, first responders and other essential worker’s jobs in jeopardy. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, this critical federal aid will keep our state and local governments alive. As these funds are allocated, I will continue to work to ensure future aid continues to make its way to the North Florida community.”
Lawson’s office announced the following funds for counties across North Florida:
- Baker County: $5,673,700
- Columbia County: $13,924,165
- Duval County: $186,032,681
- Gadsden County: $8,868,920
- Hamilton County: $2,802,470
- Jefferson County: $2,767,118
- Leon County: $71,308,368
- Madison County: $3,592,048
First elected to Congress in 2016 after decades in the state Legislature, including leading Democrats in the Florida Senate, Lawson represents parts of North Florida with his district stretching from Jacksonville to Gadsden County.
While he will be impacted by redistricting before 2022, Lawson currently represents a district that is secure for the Democrats. He trounced Republican Gary Adler in November, taking 65 percent of the vote.
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