Lansing using $26.5M of federal money to cover revenue losses

The COVID-19 pandemic sent municipal budgets across the country into a tailspin.

In an effort to help local governments contend with the revenue shortfalls, last year, the federal government passed a one-time, $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill known as the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). 

In total, Lansing will receive $49 million in federal relief money, but as the city contends with ongoing financial challenges and revenue loss, it remains unclear if this unprecedented federal bailout will be enough to rescue the city’s finances. 

“We have to look at every possible outcome and come up with solutions for the ways that it could go,” said Emily Linden, a budget analyst for the city of Lansing. “We really just don’t know what the future holds.”