U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy announces that the Lafayette City-Parish government is receiving more than $7.1 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds.

Lafayette will use the grant funds for normal and extraordinary operating expenses, purchase of rolling stock, and paratransit services. The total amount of the grant is $7,129,789. It was rewarded by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA).

“Local government budgets are suffering due to lost revenue and extra costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. These federal funds will assist the city-parish government provide essential services for the people it serves,” says Dr. Cassidy. 

Cassidy has advocated in Washington for federal support for state and local governments by introducing a bipartisan bill - the SMART Act - that provides $500 billion in relief funds to be divided equally: one-third based on population, one-third based on infection rate, and one-third based on revenue loss.

Cassidy has received support from 22 parish presidents, including Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory; more than 80 mayors and the Louisiana Municipal Association; and Louisiana’s chambers of commerce.

(Press release sent to KPEL News from U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy's office.)

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