About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed in February by President Obama, is an unprecedented effort to jump-start our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country will thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression. With much at stake, the Act provides for unparalleled transparency and accountability at the federal level so that taxpayers will be able to know how, when and where their tax dollars are being spent.

Estimates indicate that Washington state will receive more than $4 billion in formula federal recovery funds. The funds will be used to:

  • Modernize our state’s infrastructure.

  • Enhance our energy independence.

  • Support our educational system.

  • Increase access to health care.

  • Provide tax relief.

In addition, Washington expects additional funding to come into the state either through competitive grants or by direct expenditure by federal agencies. For example, the U.S. Department of Energy has committed a significant amount of funds to the environmental clean-up at Hanford.

State priorities

The Gregoire administration is using five core principles to guide its work on the federal recovery process. They are:

  • Get money in people’s pockets immediately.

  • Create or save jobs in the near-term.

  • Make innovative investments in areas that lay the foundation for Washington’s 21st century economy.

  • Create strategic alliances with the private sector, non-profits, local governments and other state agencies that align goals and leverage resources.

  • Apply unprecedented accountability and transparency principles.

Working together, we will emerge from these tough economic times in a strong, competitive position as a leader in the 21st century economy.

For more information on funding coming into Washington state, click here.