House Bill #6494 (2021)

AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING REVISED APPROPRIATIONS IN SUPPORT OF FISCAL YEAR 2022

Appropriates federal funds awarded to Rhode Island as part of the State Fiscal Recovery Fund (SFRF) by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

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  • 2021 – H 6494
  • 2021 – H 6494 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2021
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO MAKING REVISED APPROPRIATIONS IN SUPPORT OF FISCAL YEAR
  • 2022
  • Introduced By: Representative Marvin L. Abney
  • Date Introduced: October 20, 2021
  • Referred To: House Finance
  • (Governor)
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 16 of Article 1 of Chapter 162 of the Public Laws of 2021 is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • The appropriations from federal funds contained in Section 1 shall not be construed to mean any federal funds or assistance appropriated, authorized, allocated or apportioned to the State of Rhode Island from the State Fiscal Recovery Fund, and the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund enacted pursuant to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, P.L. 117-2. For fiscal year 2022, State Fiscal Recovery Fund monies apportioned to the State of Rhode Island pursuant to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, P.L. 117-2, are hereby appropriated in the following amounts for the stated departments and purposes set forth below. The state controller is hereby authorized and directed to draw his or her orders upon the general treasurer for the payment of such sums or such portions thereof as may be required from time to time upon receipt by him or her of properly authenticated vouchers.
  • Executive Office of Commerce $74,500,000
  • Of this amount, $32,000,000 shall be allocated to a program of financial and technical assistance to small businesses and COVID-impacted industries, $15,000,000 shall be allocated under the administration of the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation to the development of affordable housing units, $13,000,000 shall be allocated to a program of assistance to the tourism, hospitality, and events industries, $12,000,000 shall be allocated toward the acquisition of properties for redevelopment as affordable housing and supportive housing, $1,500,000 shall be allocated to expanding housing navigation and stabilization services to address theriseinpandemic-relatedhomelessness,$500,000shallbeallocatedtobroadbandserviceswhich may include coordination, mapping, and development of a statewide plan to provide broadband access to unserved and underserved households and businesses, and $500,000 shall be dedicated to expanding programmatic and administrative capacity for affordable housing in Rhode Island.
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services $13,000,000
  • Of this amount, $7,500,000 shall be allocated to support relief to pediatric providers in response to the decline in visitation and enrollment caused by the public health emergency. Of this amount, $5,500,000 shall be allocated to early intervention providers in response to a decline in enrollment for early intervention, family home visiting, and screening programs.
  • Department of Children, Youth, and Families $12,500,000
  • This amount in its entirety shall be allocated to support workforce stabilization supplemental wage payments to eligible direct care and supporting care staff of contracted service providers.
  • Department of Human Services $13,000,000
  • Of this amount, $12,700,000 shall be allocated to pay semiannual retention bonuses for direct care staff at childcare centers and licensed family providers in response to pandemic-related staffing shortages. A total of $300,000 shall be reserved for family childcare incentive start up and technical assistance grants. The Director of Human Services and the Director of Children, Youth and Families may waive any fees otherwise assessed upon childcare provider applicants who have been awarded the family childcare provider incentive grant.
  • SECTION 1. Section 16 of Article 1 of Chapter 162 of the Public Laws of 2021 is hereby amended to read as follows: The appropriations from federal funds contained in Section 1 shall not be construed to mean any federal funds or assistance appropriated, authorized, allocated or apportioned to the State of Rhode Island from the State Fiscal Recovery Fund, and the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund enacted pursuant to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, P.L. 117-2. For fiscal year 2022, State Fiscal Recovery Fund monies apportioned to the State of Rhode Island pursuant to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, P.L. 117-2, are hereby appropriated in the following amounts for the stated departments and purposes set forth below. The state controller is hereby authorized and directed to draw his or her orders upon the general treasurer for the payment of such sums or such portions thereof as may be required from time to time upon receipt by him or her of properly authenticated vouchers.
  • (a) Executive Office of Commerce $74,500,000
  • (1) Of this amount, thirty-two million dollars ($32,000,000) shall be allocated to aprogram of financial and technical assistance to small businesses and COVID-impacted industries as follows: twelve million five hundred thousand dollars ($12,500,000) shall be provided as direct payments to businesses for lost revenue, ten million five hundred thousand dollars ($10,500,000) shall support technical assistance for long-term business capacity building, seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($7,500,000) shall support capital improvements for public health upgrades and outdoor programming, and one million five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000) shall be allocated to support administration of these programs. To be eligible to receive funds or support under this program a business must have less than one million dollars ($1,000,000) in annual gross revenues and demonstrate a negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic as determined by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. Under this program, total support in the form of direct payments, technical assistance, or capital improvement grants shall not exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per eligible business through any single program and shall not exceed twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) in the aggregate. Provided further that at least twenty percent (20%) of all funds must be reserved for awards to assist minority business enterprises as defined in chapter 14.1 of title 37.
  • (2) Of this amount fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) shall be allocated under the administration of the Rhode Island Housingand Mortgage Finance Corporation to the development of affordable housing units by allocating these funds to projects in conjunction with general obligation bond funds and other sources of available financing provided that the Coordinating Committee of the Housing Resources Commission has established guidelines for the use of Housing Production Fund resources authorized pursuant to § 42-128-2.1.
  • (3) Of this amount thirteen million dollars ($13,000,000) shall be allocated to a program of assistance to the tourism, hospitality, and events industries as follows: eight million dollars ($8,000,000) shall be provided as direct payments to businesses for lost revenue, three million dollars ($3,000,000) shall support outdoor and public space capital improvements and event programming, and two million dollars ($2,000,000) shall support tourism marketing in coordination with state tourism regions and the Airport Corporation. A business is eligible to receive funds or support under this program if it can demonstrate a negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic as determined by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.
  • (4) Of this amount twelve million dollars ($12,000,000) shall be allocated to the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation toward the acquisition of properties for redevelopment as affordable housing and supportive housing to finance projects that include requirements for deed restrictions not less than thirty (30) years, and a non-recourse structure.
  • (5) Of this amount one million five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000) shall be allocated to the Office of Housing and Community Development in conjunction with the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation for grants to providers to expand housing navigation, stabilization, and mental health services, of which not more than two hundred fifty thousanddollars($250,000)shall befortraining.TheChiefoftheOfficeshall sendmonthlyreports beginning thirty (30) days after passage to the Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, and chairs of the House and Senate finance committees and the respective fiscal advisors which describe the state of progress in achieving these goals and the goals in subsection (a)(7) below as of the date of the report, and describe marginal changes from the prior month's report.
  • (6) Of this amount five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) shall be allocated to broadband services as follows: one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) to support a state broadband director at the Commerce Corporation, two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) to coordinate and develop a statewide strategic plan to provide broadband access to unserved and underserved households and businesses, and two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) to conduct broadband access mapping in support of future state broadband investment.
  • (7) Of this amount five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) shall be dedicated to expanding programmatic and administrative capacity for affordable housing in Rhode Island.
  • (b) Executive Office of Health and Human Services $13,000,000
  • (1) Of this amount, seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($7,500,000) shall be allocated to support relief to pediatric providers in response to the decline in visitation and enrollment caused by the public health emergency as follows: six million dollars ($6,000,000) for stabilization grant funding if certain targets established by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services are met by the pediatric providers and one million five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000) to be awarded to incentivize pediatric providers to increase developmental and psychosocial behavioral screenings.
  • (2) Of this amount, five million five hundred thousand dollars ($5,500,000) shall be allocated to early intervention providers in response to a decline in enrollment for early intervention, family home visiting, and screening programs as follows: two million six hundred thousand dollars ($2,600,000) for stabilization grant funding to be used for operating costs such as staffing, outreach activities and professional development and to address a loss of revenue and two million nine hundred thousand dollars ($2,900,000) for performance bonuses if certain metrics established by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services are met by the providers, which may include staff retention, expanding access to services and reducing disparities in coverage.
  • (c) Department of Children, Youth, and Families $12,500,000
  • This amount shall be allocated to support workforce stabilization supplemental wage payments up to seven hundred dollars ($700) monthly to eligible direct care and supporting care staff of contracted service providers. To be eligible, an employee must earn an annual salary of less than seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000). Funding may be used to provide hiring incentives of up to seven hundred fifty dollars ($750) per employee, provided that employers may not disburse funding obligated through hiring incentives until ninety (90) days of work has been completed by the employee and the employee earns an annual salary of less than seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000). The Director of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families shall provide to the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate at least every sixty (60) days beginning January 15, 2022, a report that includes the amount of funding disbursed to date, progress in improving staffing levels of any provider receiving these funds, including the number of new hires and staff attrition, and changes in placement availability of any provider receiving these funds.
  • (d) Department of Human Services $19,000,000
  • (1) Of this amount, eighteen million seven hundred thousand dollars ($18,700,000) shall be allocated to pay one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) semiannual retention bonuses for direct care staff at childcare centers and licensed family providers in response to pandemic-related staffing shortages.
  • (2) A total of three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000) shall be reserved for family childcare incentive start up and technical assistance grants. The Director of the Department of Human Services and the Director of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families may waive any fees otherwise assessed upon childcare provider applicants who have been awarded the family childcare provider incentive grant.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO MAKING REVISED APPROPRIATIONS IN SUPPORT OF FISCAL YEAR
  • 2022
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  • Thisact wouldappropriatefederalfundsawardedtoRhodeIslandaspart of theStateFiscal Recovery Fund (SFRF) by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC003150 ========
  • Thisact wouldappropriatefederalfundsawardedtoRhodeIslandaspart oftheStateFiscal Recovery Fund (SFRF) by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC003150/SUB A ========

Votes

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Floor vote for ITEM 2021-H 6494 SUB A

January 04, 2022 at 3:07pm
Yeas: 35 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 1 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Acosta Y
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Anderson Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Bell Y
Sen. Burke Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Cruz Y
Sen. DiMario Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo NV
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Kallman Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Mack Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Mendes Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y
Sen. Valverde Y