Published On: Wed, Aug 18th, 2021

Los Angeles Auditor Analyzes City’s Federal Aid Spending

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Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin released a report on Aug. 12 examining how both the city and county are using the $1.28 billion in federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds.    President Joe Biden passed the $1.9 trillion ARP on March 11; of those funds, $29.2 billion was given to the state of California, in addition to $1.9 billion given to Los Angeles County. As the second largest municipality in the U.S. after New York City, $1.28 billion was given to the city of Los Angeles.   According to Galperin, the city received $640 million in May—about half of the overall $1.28 billion— and will receive the rest of the funds in May 2022.   “When the pandemic hit, the city’s revenue projections suddenly changed, putting essential public services at risk,” Galperin said in a statement provided to the Epoch Times.   “The infusion of federal American Rescue Plan dollars allows Los Angeles and …

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