COLUMBUS— Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today issued a statement as the Ohio House passed House Bill (HB) 481, which would distribute $350 million in federal CARES Act funds to aid coronavirus response in Ohio communities.


Funds will go toward reimbursement for personal protective equipment (PPE) for front line workers, testing and other costs as local communities continue to combat the global pandemic.


“In the wake of a global pandemic, it is critical that we direct such resources to our local communities,” said Rep. Patterson, “By aiding in the cost of PPE, testing, and other necessary costs, these state and federal funds will  protect not only our front-line workers and nursing home facilities, but all Ohioans.


The bill also re-appropriates $1.28 billion in capital funds over the next two years to fund various capital improvement projects across the state.


In addition, HB 481 authorizes state employee pay freezes amid budget shortfalls as well as $3.2 million in state funding for nursing home facilities.


The bill now moves to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. 


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