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COLUMBUS—State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) announced the state Controlling Board yesterday approved more than $132 million in funding to bolster unemployment benefits, provide assistance for small businesses and manufacturers, and support state and local COVID-19 response efforts amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century.

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Tue, May 12, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that House Bill (HB) 609, his bill to establish a temporary tax amnesty program that would forgive interest and penalties on delinquent taxes and fees, received its first hearing in the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee.

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Tue, May 12, 2020

COLUMBUS—State Representative Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today released a statement following the dangerous and partisan attack on Dr. Amy Acton by House Republicans:  

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Wed, May 6, 2020

COLUMBUS— As many Ohioans will be called back to work in May, many will be faced with impossible decisions related to work, health and family as this ongoing pandemic continues: how to return to work when you have children at home and no one to care for them with daycares and schools closed; how to keep those high-risk individuals who will remain quarantined safe when workers return home; and what protections exist for workers in and out of the workplace or who do fall ill with COVID-19.

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Fri, May 1, 2020

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) 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 as feedback heard from constituents, local health officials and business leaders. 

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Tue, Apr 28, 2020

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued a statement in response to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s press release warning debt collectors that the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) COVID-19 economic impact payments are protected from debt collection under current law:

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Thu, Apr 16, 2020

State Reps. Thomas West (D-Canton) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today joined State Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) in writing a letter to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton outlining steps to combat racial disparities in health outcomes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The joint letter is part of an effort by the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) to address racial and ethnic disparities in the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wed, Apr 15, 2020

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today applauded Gov. Mike DeWine for announcing Ohio’s application for an 1135 waiver from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). On March 17, Rep. West joined State Reps. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) and Beth Liston (D-Dublin) in writing a letter to Ohio Department of Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton and Gov. DeWine requesting the administration to seek such a waiver.

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Tue, Apr 14, 2020

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants will be made available to cover certain local pandemic response costs in Ohio. Funds will go to state and local authorities as well as non-profits, such as hospitals, working at the direction of local governments.

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Wed, Apr 8, 2020

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today was named to a bipartisan work group, OHIO 2020, to aid in the state’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. House Democrats formed similar work groups in recent weeks, releasing short and long-term priorities to benefit those hit hardest by the pandemic. West released the following statement:

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Mon, Apr 6, 2020