Fifty years ago, America changed at Kent State – and we should remember it today. The Kent State shootings still matter because it was the beginning of the end of the Vietnam War.
COLUMBUS— As many Ohioans will be called back to work in May, many will be faced with impossible decisions related to work, health and family as this ongoing pandemic continues: how to return to work when you have children at home and no one to care for them with daycares and schools closed; how to keep those high-risk individuals who will remain quarantined safe when workers return home; and what protections exist for workers in and out of the workplace or who do fall ill with COVID-19.
COLUMBUS—State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) calls for a “responsible restart” for Ohio, outlining 10 recommendations following several weeks of testimony during the OHIO 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force proceedings, as well as feedback heard from constituents, local health officials and business leaders.
COLUMBUS— State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) announced the state Controlling Board on Monday approved more than $248 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to aid the state’s ongoing pandemic response efforts, including funds to bolster testing capacity, purchase needed personal protective equipment for frontline workers, expand hospital capacity, and provide resources for those most impacted by the coronavirus.
COLUMBUS— State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants will be made available to cover certain local pandemic response costs in Ohio. Funds will go to state and local authorities as well as non-profits, such as hospitals, working at the direction of local governments.
COLUMBUS— For many, the first day of a new month means rent and bills are due. For those who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak, April 1st could have been the most financially devastating day yet as fears of evictions and foreclosures loomed.
Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) reminds constituents to complete the 2020 Census this Census Day.
COLUMBUS— State lawmakers returned to the Statehouse today to address the COVID-19 crisis and provide immediate relief to everyday Ohioans. State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) released a statement today following the unanimous passage of an omnibus bill (HB 197) that would prohibit utility shut-offs, waive state testing requirements, freeze EdChoice eligibility, extend voting in the primary election, postpone the state income tax filing deadline among several other measures.
As a Member of the Ohio General Assembly, I know that Ohioans are facing a variety of challenges from this ever-changing public health crisis. But using the simple lessons of the “how to eat an elephant” story (one bite at a time), let me offer the five different areas of public policy challenges and what my colleagues and I will be working on in the early stages of this struggle.
The new Coronavirus has spread rapidly across the globe. In less than two months, it has reached over 135 countries and infected more than 160,000 individuals. Diseases do not stop at state or international borders. It has come to Ohio and it is a public health emergency. We dare not underestimate it.