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Superintendent Arntzen Provides Update On ARPA Education Spending

The Legislature’s Education Interim Committee recently met in Helena to provide updates on a number of issues including education tax credits the Montana University System staffing and program spending. On program spending Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen touched on the state’s current status of elementary and secondary schoo...

Montana Lawmakers Approve Additional Child Care Funding

Thursday Montana’s American Rescue Plan Act Health Commission voted to advance $30 million in stabilization funding to child care providers impacted by the pandemic. Director of Public Health and Human Services Adam Meier explained during the commission meeting that these funds come from previously determined funds that were not yet approved. ...

Montana Receives $1 Million In Homeless Youth Relief

Under the Federal American Rescue Plan Montana has received funds to aid in educating homeless children and youth. Fifty-three Montana school districts are eligible for $1,407,618 based on the high percentages of children from low-income families. Districts can manage their own programs or form a consortium of multiple districts. https://north...

St. Mary’s Milk River Project Ineligible For Certain ARPA Funds

The St. Mary Milk River irrigation project struck out on another federal funding opportunity according to a report in the Phillips County News by Marco Manoukian. America Rescue Plan Act funding that came from the Federal government to the state of Montana was made available through application for infrastructure projects including water and s...

Governor Gianforte To Pay Out-Of-State Health Workers’ Expenses To Move Into Montana Facilities

Governor Greg Gianforte’s administration will pay health care workers $12,500 in relocation expenses and taxes on that additional income to move to Montana as hospitals and other facilities in the state grapple with one of the nation’s worst COVID-19 surges. A panel of lawmakers and administration officials voted unanimously Wednesday to recom...

Montana DPHHS Recieves New Funding For Child Care

The Department of Public Health and Human Services has announced $31 million in federal funding is now available to Montana child care providers via an online application. Northern News Network’s Eric Young has the details. https://northernbroadcasting.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/10-08_737.mp3

Use Of Remaining ARPA Funds In Montana To Be Decided By State Entities

State and local officials have raised concerns about the use of American Rescue Plan Act funds for critical projects getting hampered by additional input from the Department of Treasury. During a recent hearing with the Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen cleared up these concerns when asked a...

ARPA Funds Approved To Improve Veterans’ Homes

The ARPA Health Advisory Commission has voted unanimously to spend $1.5 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to improve veterans’ homes in Columbia Falls and Glendive through the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress earlier this year. Tuesday’s recommendations still need final approval from Governor Greg Gianforte. https://nor...

ARPA Funds To Go Towards Developing Montana Nursing Facilities

Montana will receive $2,692,676 in American Rescue Plan Act funding to improve state based nursing home and long-term care infrastructure by allowing state and local health departments to staff train and deploy strike teams to help skilled nursing facilities nursing homes and other long-term care facilities with known or suspected COVID-19 out...