STATE GOVERNMENT AND STATE AFFAIRS
67-3533. FEDERAL AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT of 2021 — cognizable funds — LEGISLATIVE INTENT. (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 67-3516(2), Idaho Code, or any other law to the contrary, all federal funding made available to Idaho state agencies originating from the federal American rescue plan act of 2021 (ARPA), P.L. 117-2, is hereby declared cognizable, is not subject to the provisions of section 67-3516(2), Idaho Code, and requires legislative appropriation for expenditure by any Idaho state agency.
(2) With respect to the discretionary funds provided to the state under ARPA, including the coronavirus state fiscal recovery fund and the coronavirus capital projects fund, it is the intent of the legislature that, in addition to any other applicable law and guidance, the following principles shall govern the appropriation and expenditure of such funds:
(a) ARPA funds are borrowed from our grandchildren. To the extent allowable under law, the state should make long-range investments with ARPA funds that will benefit our grandchildren.
(b) In accordance with section 67-1917, Idaho Code, and the principle that onetime funding should be used for onetime expenditures, state agencies receiving ARPA funds shall plan for the reduction of these federal funds to avoid creating ongoing obligations that are shifted to the general fund after the federal funds are depleted.
(c) The use of ARPA funds should not impede or inhibit the state’s constitutional mandate to provide for a balanced budget for the people of Idaho. ARPA funds should be used to maintain a long-term, structurally balanced budget such that ongoing revenue should exceed ongoing expenses. ARPA funds should also be used to lower the state’s capital costs and deferred maintenance costs in the years ahead to the extent permissible.
(d) ARPA funds should not duplicate other federal programs under which support is provided to specific industries or through specific programs.
(e) Local governments and state agencies receiving direct ARPA funds from the federal government should use such direct funds as the dollars of first resort and exhaust their direct funds before requesting assistance from the coronavirus state fiscal recovery fund established under ARPA. Local governments should partner with special purpose taxing districts on addressing local needs from their local share of ARPA funds.
(f) Local governments receiving direct ARPA funds should use the funds for infrastructure investments and allowable offsets that can reduce the property tax burden that Idahoans will face into the future.
[67-3533, added 2021, ch. 320, sec. 1, p. 942.]