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Missouri governor announces distribution of Federal CARES Act Funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (WGEM) — Gov. Mike Parson announced Monday that the state of Missouri will be disbursing funds received through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to local governments.

“COVID-19 has had an overwhelming impact on our economy, and many local governments, health care providers, education institutions, businesses, and other groups will rely on this funding,” Gov. Parson said. 

Under the CARES Act, Missouri has received around $2.4 billion in federal funding, including almost $173.5 million for St. Louis County and $122.7 million for Jackson County.

Twenty-five percent of the remaining state share is going to be distributed to Missouri counties based on population.

A breakdown of local government allocations can be found here

Back on April 10, the governor established an informal working group that is led by State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick to help make recommendations on the best use of federal funding provided under the CARES Act.

The Treasurer’s Office also created a web page to provide updates on the working group and CARES Act funds. 

“As we work through this process, I want Missourians to know that we will be as transparent as possible,” Gov. Parson said. “We hope posting this information in one public place will help Missourians stay up-to-date and feel confident that we are working hard to make every dollar count for the people of this state.”

Also on Monday, Gov. Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-10 extending four previous Executive Orders assisting with Missouri’s COVID-19 response through June 15, 2020:

  • Executive Order 20-04 easing regulatory burdens
  • Executive Order 20-05 allowing the sale of unprepared restaurant foods
  • Executive Order 20-06 mobilizing the Missouri National Guard in the state’s COVID-19 response efforts
  • Executive Order 20-08 waiving the requirement for a person to be physically present in front of a notary public 

By extending these Executive Orders through June 15 it is consistent with the state of emergency extension issued by Gov. Parson on April 24. 

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