Georgia’s Governor has Nearly $5 Billion in Pandemic Relief to Spend. How Will He Use It?

Key Points
  • Georgia is set to receive $17.4 billion in American Rescue Plan funds through 2024.
  • $4.8 billion of that goes towards the State Fiscal Recovery Fund that Gov. Brian Kemp has direct discretion over.
  • Georgia is unlike most states because the power over that fund is entirely the governor’s.
It’s been eight months since the American Rescue Plan (ARP) granted Georgia billions of dollars to spend. Where $4.8 billion worth of the money will go is up to one man: Gov. Brian Kemp.  In most states, the legislature controls the distribution of federal funds. Georgia is just one of five states where the governor ...
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