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Budgeting in Uncertain Times: How the Federal Stimulus Aids Missouri

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27th, will provide over $2 trillion to counteract economic declines related to the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition to economic relief directed towards individuals, families, small businesses and corporations, important provisions of the CARES Act provide fiscal relief to states and localities to help them respond to this crisis. These include:

  • Fiscal Aid to State & Local Governments to help address funding shortages.
  • Education Support for states, school districts and institutions of higher education for costs related to the Coronavirus.
  • Additional investments to a range of existing programs and new programs including child care assistance, support for hospitals and disaster relief.

Although this bill did not include funding assistance for state Medicaid services, an increase in federal funds to help support state Medicaid programs was included in the previously passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which will provide critical assistance. This paper describes what is known about each of these funding streams and their impact on Missouri.

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