Montana Governor Steve Bullock solicited public comment on how best to deploy federal relief dollars made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act.
Governor Bullock is planning for thoughtful, considerate, and expedient action to get this funding to Montana, especially in the areas that could financially support Montanans during this time.
In addition to hearing from you, Governor Bullock assembled an advisory team made up of experts in various facets of our economy to help the state determine where these funds can best serve Montanans, businesses, and our health care system – and where we can fill unmet needs not addressed in the overall CARES Act package.
Generally, the funds must be used for “necessary expenditures due to the public health emergency with respect to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 19). At this time, the federal government has not released more specific guidance on how the funds can be spent.
The comment period is now closed. The state of Montana received and reviewed 1,416 public comments between April 15, 2020 and April 29, 2020. The chart below shows the bulk of the comments were related to business, health and social services, and tourism.