Research / Economic Development


Policy Analysis | May 2021

Impact of the American Rescue Plan on Southern States

CSG Center of Innovation


Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: Fiscal Recovery Fund

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, signed into law on March 11, included $350 billion in new federal fiscal assistance for states, territories, tribes, counties and municipalities. An additional $10 billion is available to states, territories and tribal governments for critical capital projects that directly enable work, education and health monitoring in response to COVID-19. The Council of State Governments' Center of Innovation analyzed uses and restrictions for these funds and compiled total allocations for Southern states.

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Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: K-12 Education Funding

The American Rescue Plan provides over $137 billion to early childhood and K-12 schools to reopen safely, make up for lost learning opportunities and address inequities made worse by the pandemic.

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Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: Employers

Of the $1.9 trillion in funding in the American Rescue Plan, at least $62.4 billion is included to help private-sector employers stay in business, retain employees, provide sick leave and family medical care leave and respond more generally to the impact of COVID-19.

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Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: Industries

More than $34 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan is targeted at specific industries that were hit hardest by the pandemic including restaurants, entertainment venues and airlines.

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Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: Workers

The American Rescue Plan affects employees in many ways, whether they are at work, become unemployed or want access to care and education for their children, housing, health care and more.

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Policy Analysis | March 2021

Unemployment in the SLC Region Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Roger Moore

Disclaimer: On November 30, 2020, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the U.S. Department of Labor inaccurately reported the number of people filing for unemployment benefits during the pandemic. Due to the historic number of individuals filing for benefits beginning in March 2020, and states' frequent backlogs processing the claims, the traditional method of reporting unemployment did not accurately capture the number of unique individuals claiming benefits, according to the GAO report. For example, if a person filed for five weeks of benefits in a given week, the Department of Labor typically counted it as five separate claimants, not one. This method of reporting normally is a reliable proxy for the number of unique individuals claiming benefits, but it did not account for states' processing delays and claimants retroactively applying for benefits during the pandemic. While the absolute figures may not be accurate, the trend levels remain helpful for understanding the overall employment outlook.

This SLC Policy Analysis was concluded on March 26, 2021. For additional information regarding the Department of Labor data, please contact Roger Moore at rmoore@csg.org.

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Webinar | March 2021

Utilizing Workshare Programs During Economic Downturns

Roger Moore

Workshare programs, also known as short-time compensation, allow businesses to temporarily reduce employees' hours, rather than resorting to layoffs, during economic downturns. Approved workshare programs allow employees to qualify for a percentage of unemployment benefits, determined by the amount of time their hours have been cut. Designed to reduce overall unemployment, worksharing has the potential to benefit businesses and workers, while also supporting state unemployment coffers by reducing the total amount paid toward unemployment claims. Currently, more than two dozen states have approved workshare programs. This virtual program provides an overview of worksharing, how it has been used during the current economic downturn, and what actions states can take to utilize such programs in the future.

Presentations:

Keerthi Sugumaran, Attorney at Law, Jackson Lewis P.C., Boston.

2020-2021
Chair

Representative
Manly Barton

Mississippi

2020-2021
Vice Chair

Representative
Nathaniel Ledbetter

Alabama

Immediate
Past Chair

Representative
Jeanie Lauer

Missouri

Committee
Liaison
Roger Moore

Roger Moore
Senior Policy Analyst


The SLC Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee examines issues related to infrastructure, transportation, economic progress and cultural strengths in the Southern region. Discussions and reports of the committee have focused on Southern state actions to bring manufacturing operations of national and foreign companies to the region, as well as the importance of ports, roads and railways for the movement of manufactured goods. The committee has a long history of studying the impact of the Panama Canal expansion and international trade with Mexico, Canada and China on Southern state economies.

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