COLUMBUS – State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and House Democrats Monday announced the approval of funds by the Controlling Board to further aid the state’s response to the health and economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding was also approved for voter education efforts and to support women-owned and veteran friendly businesses.
“The action taken today by the Controlling Board will help the citizens of Ohio. These funds will not completely address all the loss Ohioans have experienced. And my Caucus colleagues and I are ready to enact meaningful laws to truly assist,” said Rep.Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo).
The Controlling Board on Monday voted to approve the following funding items:
- $81.5 million of federal CARES Act funds to the Ohio Department of Health to expand the state’s COVID-19 testing capabilities;
- $45 million to the Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services for the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act to promote job creation and $141.6 million to supplement the state’s unemployment program;
- $31 million to the Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Higher Education, and Education to address the behavioral health impacts of COCID-19;
- $15.2 million in relief payments for Adult Day Care and Senior Centers;
- $1.1 million to the Secretary of State for the Citizens Education Fund to promote election information to the public;
- $120,000 to upgrade existing employment systems to accommodate women-owned and veteran-friendly businesses.