Rep. Monique Smith (D-Fairview Park) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several items this week, including the establishment of the State Fiscal Recovery Fund, which will allow Ohio to accept an estimated $5.5 billion under the recently passed American Rescue Plan (ARP) to support Ohioans during the COVID-19 pandemic and aid the state’s economic recovery once appropriated.
“The funding from the American Rescue Plan is critical to recovering from the current COVID-19 pandemic, restoring our communities, and building a brighter future. I am proud to announce that these funds will be made available to communities to help our students and teachers in schools, allow local governments to provide essential services, and create infrastructure projects to kick start our economy and get Ohioans back to work,” said Rep. Smith.
Additionally, the Controlling Board’s approval of funding from the ARP will create the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, which is expected to provide an estimated $815 million to local governments, on top of funding that counties and metro areas throughout Ohio will receive directly from the Department of Treasury. The Controlling Board’s vote also created the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund, which will let Ohio to receive an estimated $274 million from the federal government for vital capital projects, helping Ohioans work and learn safely during the pandemic.
The Controlling Board also transferred appropriation authority to Fiscal Year 2021 to let schools use the remaining $50.8 million from the Elementary and Secondary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds provided by the CARES Act.
In addition, $73.1 million will go to the Ohio Department of Transportation to support highway construction and improvement projects across the state, environmental investigations, and bridge and construction inspections.
Other notable items approved during this week’s Controlling Board meeting include:
- $2.3 million to support scholarships for war orphans and children of severely disabled veterans
- $2 million in grants for the Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant Program to provide for local governments, schools, non-profit organizations, and small businesses
- $8 million in new funding to support under-insured and uninsured Ohioans battling HIV and $32,496.70 to provide rapid HIV tests
- $166,612 for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to provide mental health instructor certification