Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including $121.2 million from the American Rescue Plan to support homeless youth, preschool students and children with disabilities.
“The $121.2 million in the American Rescue Plan funds allocated for our children, are a much needed investment to help nurture our young people in their crucial developmental years. With the devastating impacts the COVID – 19 pandemic has presented over the past year, we must continue to restore the Ohio promise of better opportunities and brighter futures for our children,” said Rep. Howse.
The Controlling Board approved a number of other measures on Monday, including:
- $11.7 million to answer calls regarding unemployment insurance and benefits;
- $10 million in CARES Act funds to provide body cameras for employees Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and the Department of Natural Resources;
- $7.6 million for workforce training and equipment purchases;
- $5 million in American Rescue Plan funds for the Ohio Exposition Center;
- $5 million to enhance public safety at Ohio’s public colleges and universities;
- $4.9 million to provide Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, eliminate fraud and adjudicate claims;
- $1.5 million to process traditional unemployment benefits;
- $325,000 to identify ineligible people claiming benefits from ODJFS’ public programs;
- $314,000 over the next two years to improve pediatric care, with a special emphasis on serving minority patient populations;
- $261,684 to confront infant mortality by implementing the BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program.