Chris Sununu Needs to Extend the State Deadline For Towns to Apply For American Rescue Plan Funds
Sununu’s Arbitrary Deadline Is Threatening the Ability of Towns to Access American Rescue Plan Funds
Concord, N.H. -- At today’s press conference, Chris Sununu admitted he has the power to extend the state’s deadline for towns to apply for American Rescue Plan funds — but is refusing to do so. At a COVID-19 briefing, the Governor made clear that he is in effect enforcing an arbitrary deadline that could cut towns and communities out of critical federal funding for the next two years.
Multiple New Hampshire outlets have reported that communities need additional time to apply for ARP funding. But instead of granting an extension, Sununu has created an arbitrary deadline that could lock some communities out of American Rescue Plan funds.
Sununu has repeatedly tried to blame communities' challenges on the federal government — but has finally admitted that he himself has the power to extend the deadline.
“Governor Chris Sununu has created an arbitrary deadline that threatens to cut out communities from receiving critical American Rescue Plan funds,” said NHDP Chair Ray Buckley. “The Governor should be doing everything to ensure that every community has time to fully apply for American Rescue Plan funds — but he’s not. The Governor should extend the deadline immediately and make sure that towns have time to apply for critical funding secured by our Congressional delegation.”
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