Alabama lawmakers OK plan to use $700M in relief funds

January 27, 2022 GMT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have given final approval to a plan to use more than $700 million in pandemic relief funds on a mix of broadband, water and sewer projects and healthcare reimbursements.

The Alabama House of Representative passed the bill 100-0. The governor is expected to sign the plan.

“I commend our legislators for their efficient work in directing these funds to meet some of Alabama’s toughest challenges. We are making smart investments to increase statewide broadband connectivity, improve our water and sewer infrastructure, as well as health care infrastructure,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement.

Ivey called lawmakers into special session to pass the plan.

“We are also addressing measures to reduce employment taxes paid by Alabama businesses as they continue to rebound from the pandemic,” she said. “This was an overwhelmingly bipartisan effort by the men and women of the Alabama Legislature, and I am proud of their good work in dealing with the task the federal government dealt us.”