WCA American Rescue Plan Act Resources/U.S. Treasury Updates
President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) into law on March 11, 2021. In simple terms, the ARPA is a $1.9 trillion federal spending package intended to provide economic and other relief related to the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to the subsidy payments made to local governments, the ARPA contains many provisions impacting employment practices within counties.
The Wisconsin Counties Association and its general counsel, von Briesen & Roper, s.c., have received many questions surrounding ARPA, interpretation of its terms, and its impact on counties.
We at the Wisconsin Counties Association are continually working with the U.S. Treasury, the White House and our federal partners as additional guidance will be forthcoming from the federal government. In addition, the Association is issuing weekly updates at the Monday County Leadership Meeting with county officials from around the state, as well having already released the following ARPA resources:
- Treasury Releases New Guidance on Certification Process for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund: (4.15.21)
- Q&A from WCA General Counsel on COBRA subsidies and the voluntary extension to state and local governments of those federal paid sick and family medical leave benefits previously made available to private employers under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (3.31.21)
- WCA COVID-19 Website
- von Briesen and Roper COVID-19 Task Force
For additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact WCA at 866.404.2700.