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Missouri State Auditor's Report details ARPA spending, over $11.5 billion

Nicole Galloway
Nicole Galloway

As the US economy continues to recover from the worst effects of the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we now have a clearer picture of how much American Rescue Plan Act money the state of Missouri has received and spent. KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Democratic State Auditor Nicole Galloway will leave the office early next month after serving since 2015. Her office Wednesday released a detailed report showing that Missouri has received 11.9 billion dollars in ARPA funding. While spending 9.09 billion dollars of those funds.

The state returned 3.6 million dollars to the federal government. A significant portion of expenditures are for services through the Missouri Medicaid program, MO HealthNet, and other programs receiving federal matching funds. Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the federal government increased its percentage share of the cost of the state's Medicaid program. Other funding has been provided to local governments, schools, and higher education institutions.

The city of Joplin received at least 13 million dollarsin ARPA funding. This July, MSSU petitioned the Joplin City Council for 1.5 million that the state would match for a total of 3 million dollars. Visit a breakdown of aid to local governments throughout Missouri. For 89 9 KRPS, I'm Fred Fletcher-Fierro

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.
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