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Rep. Sobecki applauds passage of bill to send $350 million in federal funds to local communities to fight coronavirus

Bill also re-appropriates funds for capital improvement projects across Ohio
June 4, 2020
Lisa A. Sobecki News

COLUMBUSRep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today issued a statement as the Ohio House passed Senate Bill 310, 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.

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.

“Today, the House took the next step to help our local communities manage the economic and financial crisis brought on by COVID-19. SB 310 provides our local communities with much needed federal assistance,” said Rep. Sobecki. “Additionally, the bill continues to fund community projects currently under way. Every economist can tell you: the best way to stimulate the economy during a downturn is for the government to spend money and put people to work. It worked during the ‘40s, the early 2000s, and it will work now during COVID-19.”

In addition, SB 310 authorizes state employee pay freezes amid budget shortfalls as well as $3.2 million more in state funding for nursing home facilities.

SB 310 now moves to the Senate, who will vote whether to concur on House changes to the bill.