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Indiana Democrats launch statewide tour to give details on COVID-19 relief package

Sen. Joe Donnelly
Sen. Joe Donnelly

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Indiana Democrats are launching a statewide campaign to inform Hoosiers about the COVID-19 relief package and how it will impact local communities.

The party is calling the effort the American Rescue Plan Tour, and it kicks off Thursday evening in Allen County.

Former US Sen. Joe Donnelly will join Indiana House Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta and Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry at the courthouse at 5 p.m.

The COVID-19 relief package is sending Indiana $5.8 billion, with Indiana schools taking in $2 billion in aid, and more than $250 million is earmarked for efforts to expand broadband internet access statewide.

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As part of that cash, Allen County will receive $73 million. Fort Wayne is slated to receive $50 million.

Democrat leaders will explain just how these relief funds will be used at Thursday night's kickoff event.

“Allen County is a priority county for the Indiana Democratic Party, and we are thrilled to see the statewide American Rescue Plan tour kick off right here in Fort Wayne. The launch of the tour means Hoosiers in Northeast Indiana will begin to hear about how President Joe Biden and Indiana Democrats are helping this community put COVID-19 in the rearview mirror,” Derek Camp, Chairman of the Allen County Democratic Party said.  

“This is a crucial step in having Allen County become a stronger voice in statewide Democratic politics, and we look forward to celebrating the community-driven success elected leaders like Mayor Tom Henry and Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta have had for Hoosier families across our city and county.” 

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