NACo helped steer many components of the recent $1.5 trillion federal spending agreement – their policy staff break down the components of this broad compromise that affect county governments across America, and here in Maryland.
After almost six months since the beginning of the federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 and after relying on a series of Continuing Resolutions (CRs), Congress reached a bipartisan agreement on a FY 2022 omnibus appropriations bill on March 9, 2022, to fund the federal government through September 30, 2022. Both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate passed the omnibus by an overwhelming bipartisan vote on March 9 and March 10 respectively, and President Biden signed the 2,741-page, $1.5 trillion spending bill into law on March 15.
The FY 2022 omnibus includes several key investments of importance to counties further detailed in this analysis. These include, but are not limited to, increased federal funding for rural development, broadband and public health programs, one-year of full, mandatory funding of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes Program (PILT), and an increased federal cost share for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance programs. Of note, and as indicated throughout this analysis, several of the funding levels included in the omnibus for certain transportation, water, broadband, environmental remediation, power/energy and resiliency, programs are in addition to investments made in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA); P.L. 117-58).