On Wednesday, Governor Andy Beshear joined legislative leaders from both parties to sign bipartisan legislation appropriating funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to create jobs, build better schools, expand broadband and invest in infrastructure, including clean drinking water.
Elected officials of both parties, including Senate President Robert Stivers, Senate Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey, House Minority Leader Joni Jenkins and Secretary of State Michael Adams, joined Governor Beshear in the Capitol Rotunda for Wednesday’s bill signings.
House Bill 320 and House Bill 382 provides $300 million to the Broadband Deployment Fund to begin addressing unserved and underserved communities.
House Bill 382 will fund a range of vital initiatives, including full-day kindergarten and the reopening of a medical examiner’s office in Northern Kentucky, which has been without an office since March 2018.
The bill also directs $575 million of the American Rescue Plan funds to the repayment of a federal unemployment insurance loan.
House Bill 556 provides $127 million for school construction and $75 million for renovation costs for local vocational schools, which will support the education of future workforces.
Along with creating a quality learning environment, this funding will also create 1,000 jobs.
This legislation includes $20 million of funding to rural hospitals.
Senate Bill 36 allocates $250 million in grant funds to provide upgrades to water and sewer infrastructure in communities across the state.