House ARPA chairman: ‘Surgical’ approach needed in spending $1.1B

R.I. STATE REP. Carlos E. Tobon, D-Pawtucket, is co-chair of the House ARPA Task Force, which will have a say in how the state spends its $1.1 billion slice of the American Rescue Plan Act funding. PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
R.I. STATE REP. Carlos E. Tobon, D-Pawtucket, is co-chair of the House ARPA Task Force, which will have a say in how the state spends its $1.1 billion slice of the American Rescue Plan Act funding. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
Billions of federal dollars have been bestowed upon Rhode Island through COVID-19 relief funding, but a large portion of the money sits unused as state officials struggle with finding the best way to allocate the windfall. The state used much of the $1.25 billion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding earlier this…

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  1. Did Filippi even read the guidance from treasury? It’s only 39 pages and lays out, in painstaking detail how you can and can’t spend the money. During that hearing, they also discussed exactly what he’s concerned about. Also, he’s saying that they need to be careful with their approach but also be putting it out on the street? Is there going to be any follow up on this article, because he sounds wildly uninformed and there are clearly better people to ask about this.