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Rep. Galonski announces $8.8 million ARPA funds to support Ohio's public transportation, response to pandemic

August 2, 2021
Tavia Galonski News

Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including $124,925 for Stark State College to relocate its existing Welding Technology Center in Barberton to its Perkins campus in Akron. The new location will be renovated to accommodate existing equipment coming from the Barberton facility.

“The 35th District is getting back to work. With the relocation of the welding technology center, Stark State is able to continue offering effective skills training to our future workers,” said Rep. Galonski. 

The Controlling Board approved a number of other measures on Monday, including:

  • $7.8 million from the American Rescue Plan to support public transportation’s efforts to connect Ohioans in urban and rural parts of the state to vaccinations;
  • $919,200 from the American Rescue Plan for the Ohio Arts Council to support the arts sector’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • $886,300 over the next two years for the Department of Developmental Disabilities to support early intervention hearing services for deaf and hard of hearing children;
  • $800,000 for six Technology Validation Start-up Fund projects;
  • $120,000 over the next two years for the Bureau of Maternal, Child and Family Health to improve health outcomes for women, infants and children;
  • $451,200 over the next two years for the Department of Youth Services to provide learning services and tools.

“At the Ohio Arts Council, we get to see the talent that Ohio residents possess. With this allocation, we can continue to support the vibrant industry that employs hard-working, talented Ohioans and produces $4.6 billion in revenue for the state each year,” said Rep. Galonski.

Additionally, House Democrats called on Ohio Republicans to expedite the delivery of emergency rental assistance for Ohioans in need, following the expiration of the CDC’s eviction moratorium. The federal government has provided Ohio more than $1 billion for emergency rental assistance, almost all of which has not yet been spent.