Nevada committee reviews state’s progress on using $2.7B in federal pandemic relief

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada lawmakers who sit on a legislative oversight committee that monitors federal coronavirus relief spending met Tuesday to review the state’s progress in allocating billions of dollars toward priorities including infrastructure, education and backfilling lost revenue.

The federal government allocated Nevada $2.7 billion in relief earlier this year, adding to billions sent to the state in 2020.

Lawmakers said the funds presented the state with an opportunity to make unprecedented investments and update infrastructure to better serve residents.

The Legislature’s finance committee is scheduled to meet later this month to approve additional spending proposed by state agencies and the governor.

An Associated Press report released Wednesday indicates some school districts across the country have decided to fund sports expenses — things like football fields and weightrooms — with the pandemic relief.

Those decisions have been met with criticism.

In Iowa, Rep. Bobby Scott, the top Democrat on the U.S. House education committee, said the money shouldn’t be used to fund athletics at the expense of academics. It was meant to help students, he said, not sports programs.

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