Here’s how Mississippi spent $1.25 billion in CARES Act funds


Mississippi received $1.25 billion in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act pandemic relief in 2020.

Here’s a breakdown of how state lawmakers spent the money, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Note: You can read a bulleted list under the graphic.

Graphic by Bethany Atkinson

Housing assistance: $20 million for rental assistance grant program, providing grants up to $30,000 to eligible rental businesses that lost rent income from March-December 2020.

Elections: $1 million for pandemic expenses for elections

Higher education: $10 million for private schools and colleges

Veterans Affairs: $10 million

Health: $10 million for Health Department to establish Mississippi ICU Infrastructure program.

Health: $129.7 million for health care, including $80 million for hospitals and nearly $50 million for other health providers and nonprofits, including food pantries.

Tourism: $15 million

K-12 education: $150 million for K-12 distance learning

Unemployment: $181.8 million for unemployment trust fund.

Judiciary: $2.5 million for courts and judiciary

Corrections: $20 million for corrections

Small business relief: $300 million for small business relief grants (only about half of this was used for the grants, with the remainder redirected to other programs or the unemployment fund)

Health: $4 million to the Health Department to reimburse specialty hospitals for pandemic expenses

Emergency/disaster response: $40 million to Mississippi Emergency Management Agency for pandemic expenses.

Higher ed: $50 million for community colleges.

K-12 education: $50 million for K-12 internet connectivity

Governor: $50 million for governor’s discretionary fund

Higher ed: $50 million for universities

Workforce: $55 million for workforce development

Local government: $70 million for cities and counties

Broadband/technology: $75 million for grant program for electric cooperatives and providers to expand high-speed internet access and $10 million to the Mississippi Wireless Information network for communications for first responders and hospital ERs.

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