JFAC supplementals 2-12-21

The Idaho Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee considers supplemental appropriations on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.

Idaho has been awarded nearly $58 million in child care funding from the COVID-19 relief act signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 27, but today, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted 16-2 to authorize spending of just $24 million of that. The money is to provide child care for essential personnel during the pandemic; improve both access to and quality of child care in Idaho; and to ensure Idaho’s child care system continues to function through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is for COVID relief dollars,” legislative budget analyst Jill Randolph told the joint committee. “The state will receive $57.8 million to spend by October (of) calendar year 2023. The Department (of Health & Welfare) has indicated it will spend $24 million in the current fiscal year. So that’s the amount of the supplemental before you.”

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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