Pingree Statement on Mills Admin’s Proposal to Invest American Rescue Plan Funds
Transformative Plan from Mills is Funded by Legislation Pingree Fought For in U.S. Congress
Washington, May 4, 2021
In response to Governor Janet Mills’ announcement of her administration’s intent to use federal funds from the American Rescue Plan to spur economic recovery and growth in Maine, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree released the following statement:
“I applaud Governor Mills for outlining a transparent and thoughtful plan to grow Maine’s economy well into the future using federal funds from the American Rescue Plan. The American Rescue Plan is one of the most important pieces of legislation I’ve ever voted on because it provided to an immediate shot-in-the-arm to our economy, and created the ability for states like Maine to make significant long-term investments like those outlined by Governor Mills today,” said Pingree. “When we passed the American Rescue Plan in March, unemployment was high and economists made it clear that we had to go big with this stimulus package. In just a few weeks, we’re beginning to see employment numbers bounce back and retail sales grow. It’s clear that getting 90% of American households a stimulus check and delivering aid to local and state governments getting our economy back on track.”
Pingree voted for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) in March. The legislation makes investments that will create millions of jobs, distribute the vaccine, provide direct relief to families, and help schools safely reopen. The legislation is estimated delivers more than $1 billion to the state of Maine and $648 million to Maine’s municipal governments.