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Rep. Howse announces $84.7 million for infrastructure funding, new training program to increase lead testing for at risk youth

August 17, 2021
Stephanie D. Howse News

Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including $84.7 million for various highway and road construction projects across the state. Included was funding for The Cleveland Clinic Foundation to support construction, capital improvements, and/or the purchase of machinery and equipment at current and future facilities.  U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey.

“The Cleveland clinic doctors, nurses, and staff worked relentlessly during the COVID-19 Pandemic, while continuously providing compassionate and high quality healthcare. I believe the 100 million dollars for a direct loan the Cleveland Clinic Foundation has received only shows our commitment to provide the best possible health care to the children, families, and communities that live here in the state of Ohio,” said Rep. Howse. 

The Controlling Board also approved $200,000 in each of the next two years to develop a comprehensive lead testing training program for pediatricians in Ohio. The Ohio Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program will increase blood lead testing rates of at-risk Ohio children.