COLUMBUS – State Representative Adam Holmes (R-Nashport) today announced the release of over $4.3 million in CARES Act funds to communities throughout the 97th House District. The funds come following the House’s passage of House Bill 614, which Holmes supported.
House Bill 614 appropriates $650 million in CARES Act funding to counties, municipalities and townships to fund COVID-19 pandemic-related expenses. This CARES funding for counties, municipalities and townships is in addition to the $525 million provided earlier this year.
“To receive over $4 million in relief funds during this pandemic truly means a lot to the mom and pop businesses in Southeastern Ohio,” said Holmes. “Our communities need these funds now more than ever and I look forward to empowerment seen in businesses from receiving these dollars.”
The funds throughout the 97th House District, which total exactly to $4,387,100, will be distributed as follows to the counties in Holmes’s district:
- Guernsey County: $1,400,890
- Muskingum County: $2,986,210
The legislation also improves Ohio’s unemployment compensation system, which was overwhelmed by the sudden increase in claims filed due to COVID-19. Included in the improvements to the system is the creation of the Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council.
The legislation contains an emergency clause and will be effective immediately upon the Governor’s signature.
Holmes also voted in support of legislation that empowers restaurants, bars, wineries and breweries during today’s session by voting “yes” on House Bill 669, The Business Expansion and Safety Act. This legislation will provide bars, restaurants, breweries and wineries with greater flexibility when it comes to to-go alcohol sales. In order to benefit from the legislation and have the potential to bring in more revenue during the pandemic, participating bars, restaurants, breweries and wineries must be qualified permit holders.
For more information, contact Rep. Holmes’s office at (614) 644-6014 or firstname.lastname@example.org