A steering committee that will determine the best use of federal funding during the COVID-19 pandemic met for the first time today.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson formed a 15-member Arkansas CARES Act Steering Committeeto deliberate on the best uses of the federal relief aid that Arkansas will receive. On March 27, President Donald Trump authorized the use of $2 trillion that will be used for coronavirus aid through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
“The members of this committee have committed to determine the most pressing needs of the state and to recommend a plan to best deploy the federal assistance,” Governor Hutchinson said. “We are only beginning to understand the long-term effects of this pandemic. I am grateful for their willingness to lend their time and wisdom to tackle this unprecedented challenge without the benefit of a roadmap that is based on a similar event in our history.”
Arkansas Medicaid Inspector General Elizabeth Smith is serving as the committee’s chairperson with Arkansas Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe serving as vice chair. Six of the committee members are also members of the Arkansas General Assembly.
The group met at 4 p.m. on Wednesday by Zoom.
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