Feds to send $2.1 billion-plus to Kentucky state government

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announces the state is halting the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while the CDC and FDA investigate reports of blood clots. (April 13, 2021)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear says state government in Kentucky will receive more than $2.1 billion from the latest round of federal coronavirus aid. Beshear says it’s a smaller-than-expected amount due to the state’s improving economic performance. The U.S. Treasury announced state allocations based primarily on each state’s share of national unemployed from October through December 2020. Kentucky performed better than expected. As a result, Beshear says Kentucky’s allotment will be $2.18 billion, down from an initial estimate of $2.44 billion. The lower amount doesn’t affect an agreement between lawmakers and Beshear on how to use nearly $1.3 billion of the aid.

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