|Posted:||June 22, 2021 10:48 AM|
|From:||Representative Anthony M. DeLuca|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Requiring Public Hearings on Federal Funding|
In the near future I intend to introduce legislation which would require all political subdivisions to hold public hearings regarding the use of federal tax dollars.
Over the last year, the U.S. Congress has passed three separate stimulus bills: the CARES Act passed in March of 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act passed in December, and most recently, the American Rescue Plan Act passed in March 2021. As funding for the American Rescue Plan reaches school districts, counties, and local governments, I believe it is important for taxpayers to know how the money is being spent. As a result, the legislation I intend to introduce will require school boards and county/local governments to hold at least three public hearings to explain their plan for spending these federal dollars, and allow residents to ask questions or make comments on the plan.
These federal dollars will no doubt be welcome relief for cash-strapped districts and local governments across the Commonwealth, but I believe we should ensure that spending is as transparent as possible. Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as HB1824