Wyoming Senate approves $33 million in additional American Rescue Plan spending
CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Senate approved five additional American Rescue Plan Act appropriations totaling $33 million for statewide initiatives Friday afternoon.
They were among the nine amendments considered by the body as the ARPA recovery funds bill was debated on third reading. After making changes throughout the day, the bill totaled more than $360 million in direct spending and was approved with a 22-7 vote.
While some amendments set stipulations and requirements for the funds appropriated, the majority were for clear-cut expenditures on efforts ranging from suicide prevention to air service financial assistance. But the agreement did not come without re-evaluation and arguments for more frugal spending. Projects the Senate could not reach consensus on were for affordable housing in western Wyoming, community grants for the Wyoming Business Council and fully funding the emergency medical services regionalization pilot.