Pittsburgh’s ARP Spending Approved But Questions Remain

Summary of Study

The American Rescue Plan’s State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds will send $350 billion to states and virtually all local governments in the country. The City of Pittsburgh will receive $335.1 million. 

Monitoring the ARP dollars is an important undertaking. Local governments with a population greater than 250,000 are required to file annual recovery plan performance reports with the U.S. Treasury and post the report on their website. 

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Allegheny Institute for Public Policy

Findings:

  • Pittsburgh’s four-year plan assigns money to the operating and capital budgets, two related authorities, and a nonprofit for a guaranteed income pilot program.    
  • The pilot will make payments of $500 per month to 200 low-income households for two years. A recipient would have to be earning 50 percent or less of the area median income to qualify. 
  • Questions raised by the pilot include what effect the money will have on employment, whether payments are subject to taxes, and if they affect eligibility for other income-tested benefits.
  • Will there be calls to continue the program after the pilot expires?  If so, what tax would be raised or what existing program would be cut to find the money from city funds to do so?

Read the full policy brief here.