On March 11th, Congress enacted the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, the third (and likely final) round of stimulus funding related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the total $1.9 trillion in Federal aid, the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst (LFA) estimates that over $8.3 billion will make its way to Utah in the forms of payments to state and local governments, targeted agency grants, enhanced unemployment benefits, and individual stimulus checks. The impact of the APRA to Utah is somewhere in the middle of the previous two stimulus packages passed by the Federal government in 2020. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) and Families First Corona Virus Response Act (March 2020) brought in roughly $13.6 billion in aid to Utah, and the Consolidated Appropriations Act (December 2020) infused approximately $4.3 billion to the Beehive State.
The LFA summary of the stimulus package includes information about funding distribution to Utah by recipient, along with permissible uses. Details on timing constraints, matching requirements, and other specifics can be found in the companion table. This summary brief will be updated as additional details are made available. Provided data is preliminary, and is subject to change as federal agencies responsible for managing the programs issue further guidance.