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Rep. Galonski announces $296.3 million for education, health and other COVID-19 supports for Ohioans

October 4, 2021
Tavia Galonski News

Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including the allocation of $161.5 million to enhance early childhood education. The funds will help support child care providers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, recruit employees, and increase access for education. Additionally, $100 million from the federal government were allocated for schools and local districts seeking to maintain vital educational services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Controlling Board also allocated $24,000 to Stark State College of Technology for the relocation of its Welding Technology Center from Barberton to the college’s Akron campus.

“I am pleased that our communities will soon receive millions in funding so we can continue to dig ourselves out of the pandemic,” said Rep. Galonski. “Furthermore, the additional funding to help Stark State move its Welding Technology Center will also benefit Ohioans who choose welding as a career.” 

The Controlling Board approved other measures Monday to support Ohioans amid the coronavirus pandemic, including:

  • $20.5 million over the next two years to support adoption in Ohio;
  • $6 million over the next two years to improve childcare curriculums and train providers;
  • $3 million for the Ohio Broadband and 5G Sector Partnership;
  • $3.7 million to support vaccine distribution;
  • $1 million to reimburse the Adjutant General’s Department for costs incurred by providing emergency assistance to Louisiana after Hurricane Ida;
  • $250,000 to help adjudicate claims in the Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations;
  • $200,000 for COVID-19 testing;
  • $115,000 to improve the website and app for statewide traveler information, so that Ohioans can be informed beforehand about road closures, delays, and severe weather;
  • $39,595 to help provide relevant information for the Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations when seeking to adjudicate claims.