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Vermont readying to spend $500M in latest virus relief money

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Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 9:55 AM EST
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont officials are working to understand how the state will spend its share of the latest coronavirus relief funds that were approved by Congress late last year.

The Times Argus reports that officials estimate the state will receive about $500 million. Douglas Farnham, of the Agency of Administration, estimates that among the expenditures will be $200 million for emergency rental assistance and homeless prevention; $179.4 million for public health and social service emergency funding; and $127 million for elementary and secondary education relief.

But the funds cannot be used to help the state and local governments make up for budget shortfalls caused by the pandemic. 

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