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State panel backs $28.2M to aid colleges in fall; committee also endorses $150M for cities, counties


Recommendations to be considered by Governor Hutchinson


By Michael R. Wickline
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A panel appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to recommend the best uses of federal coronavirus relief funds on Wednesday endorsed a $28.2 million proposal aimed at helping public and private higher-education institutions reopen this fall.

The CARES Act Steering Committee also recommended setting aside $150 million of the $1.25 billion in federal funds to assist cities and counties, and approval of proposals for $88,179 by the state Department of Energy and Environment and $39,600 by the University of Arkansas' College of Engineering. READ MORE.

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