(The Center Square) – Kansas plans to spend more than $ 84 million in federal coronavirus relief funding for infrastructure programs and services across the state, Governor Laura Kelly said Thursday.
The money will come from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) of 2021.
“Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act funding allows us to make smart investments in a wide range of infrastructure programs and services across the state – leaving no county in Kansas behind,” Kelly said in a statement. Press release. “These dollars will not only support needed infrastructure repairs in our communities, but will also play a key role in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by creating jobs and promoting economic growth.
Passed by Congress and promulgated by former President Donald Trump, CRRSAA provided $ 10 billion for highways and public transportation. Kansas received a total of $ 94 million, of which $ 9.1 million goes directly to the Kansas City and Wichita metropolitan areas by law, the governor’s office said. The remaining funds will be distributed to cities and counties in the state.
“Partnerships are a guiding principle of the IKE program, and that is why I am proud that we are sharing these dollars with local governments,” Department of Transportation secretary Julie Lorenz said in the statement.