Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including the allocation of more than $19 billion to be distributed over the next two years to support education in Ohio under the new Fair School Funding formula.
“The harsh reality is that the COVID-19 pandemic is still present and wreaking havoc on the everyday lives of Ohioans. It is vital that Ohio families and communities that are hardest hit receive rapid, flexible and equitable support to survive and successfully recover. There is still more work to be done but, I believe these funds will help provide some economic relief and assistance, while ultimately showing Ohioans that there is a commitment to fulfilling the Ohio Promise by helping community members in their times of need,” said Rep. Howse.
The Controlling Board approved a number of other measures on Monday, including:
- $921,600 for regionally-based COVID-19 Rapid Response Teams to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus in Ohio in congregate care settings like nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult care facilities, adult day centers, senior centers and low-income senior housing facilities;
- $49,000 for the Department of Aging to implement its Strategic Action Plan on Aging in conjunction with the Health Policy Institute of Ohio;
- $1,414,982.25 for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to implement institution Education Services to provide post-secondary education, college level courses and employment skills to incarcerated adults in various institutions throughout the state;
- $7,840,661.00 for the Department of Transportation to aid in ongoing Public Transportation operations and other services statewide;
- $357,588 for the Department of Natural Resources to aid in ongoing forest management, water protection, public road maintenance, recreational facilities development and other services statewide.