House Bill 313 ratifies the actions of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee to accept and appropriate nearly $1.25 billion in federal funds.
- HB 313 passed the Senate by a vote of 19-1.
- HB 313 passed the House by a vote of 38-1.
- The bill nullifies a lawsuit challenging the LB&A actions.
HB 313 authorizes:
$568.6 million to help communities and local governments impacted by COVID-19.
- The money will be distributed in a model that follows the precedent set by the longstanding Community Assistance Program.
- $750,000 for Alaska Regional Development Organizations.
$290 million for the state to provide relief to Alaska small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
- The Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development will distribute grants to 10,000 small businesses.
- Eligible businesses are those that were unable to obtain loans through the federal Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.
- AIDEA will operate the program through a contract with Credit Union 1.
- The grants will go to small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees.
- The grants can be up to $100,000.
- Non-profit organizations will likely be eligible for the grants.
$100 million in economic stimulus for Alaska fisheries.
- Funds can go to commercial fishermen, fishing guides, and charter operators.
$51.6 million directed in the federal CARES Act to be used for rural airports and other programs managed by the Alaska Department of Transportation.
- $14 million in FY 20.
- $35 million in FY 21.
- The CARES Act included $10 billion for airports across the country.
$45 million to help stabilize K-12 classrooms impacted by COVID-19.
$42 million for child nutrition programs that serve children forced out of school by the pandemic.
$29 million to address rural transportation costs, including the Alaska Marine Highway System.
$10 million for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to help prevent homelessness.
- By helping people make mortgage and rent payments, Alaskans will be less likely to become homeless.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some people experiencing homelessness are at higher risk of moderate to severe symptoms of COVID-19.
$5 million for direct financial aid grants to help University of Alaska students, and to help minimize systemic impacts of COVID-19 on the university system.
$3.6 million in critical funding for state, local, and tribal governments to provide a range of programs including law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and more.