COLUMBUS—State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) calls for a “responsible restart” for Ohio, outlining 10 recommendations following several weeks of testimony during the OHIO 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force proceedings, as well feedback heard from constituents, local health officials and business leaders.
“No one ever asked the question ‘will we ever open up Ohio’. Ohioans wanted to know when and how. There are still so many unknowns with regard to COVID-19. I will be wearing a mask and I encourage others to follow the scientific guidelines. Going forward, I will do my best to get information to my constituents which will help them remain safe,” said Rep. Galonski.
House Democrats identified 10 areas of focus for the reopening of the state:
- Vulnerable populations
- Worker protections
- Consumer Confidence
- Support for business
- General Election
- Public Awareness
Progress continues with six workgroups created by the House Democratic Caucus groups focused on education, families, healthcare access, financial stability and essential government services, including preparing for the November election amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century.
From the onset of the crisis, Democrats have worked collaboratively with local officials and listened to constituents and business leaders on short and long-term relief for those affected by coronavirus.
On April 1, House Democrats called on legislative leaders in both chambers to reconvene the General Assembly to address outstanding issues they say cannot wait until after the pandemic subsides. They renewed this call today.
**Editor’s note: a copy of House Democrats’ “Responsible Restart for Ohio” is attached.