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State Reps. Thomas West (D-Canton) and Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) sent a letter to Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) Director Maureen Corcoran today expressing their concerns with the implementation of Medicaid work requirements. The lawmakers’ letter comes in light of a year-end report sent by Director Corcoran to Gov. Mike DeWine detailing a variety of issues the department has dealt with over the past year, including chronic problems with the information technology system “Ohio Benefits,” utilized by both ODM and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to determine benefit eligibility.

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Thu, Jan 16, 2020

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that House Bill (HB) 12, his bipartisan bill with state Rep. Don Manning (R-New Middletown) to create the Children’s Behavioral Health Prevention Network Stakeholder Group, was signed into law by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

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Wed, Dec 18, 2019

With the end of the 2019 legislative term, state Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued a statement on the historic levels of bipartisanship during the 133rd General Assembly, which, through the first year, has seen the percentage of bills clearing the House sponsored by Democrats double over the previous two General Assemblies. 

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Thu, Dec 12, 2019

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that he and State Rep. Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) have introduced House Bill (HB) 441, bipartisan legislation to require that peace officers and first responders be trained to identify and interact with individuals with dementia.

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Mon, Dec 9, 2019

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today joined Democratic lawmakers, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and business leaders at a Statehouse press conference to outline their blueprint to strengthen Ohio’s minority-owned businesses. The event kicked off Minority Business Day at the Statehouse and highlighted successful business development programs in West’s district he says serve as a model for the state.   

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Tue, Nov 19, 2019

State Reps. Thomas West (D-Canton) and Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati) will joinHouse Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), Lt. Governor Jon Husted and representatives from JobsOhio on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. in the Statehouse Harding Press Room for a press conference to discuss the state of Ohio’s minority-owned businesses. 

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Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Today, state Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) announced that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has awarded $2 million in grant funding to the Regional Transportation Improvement Project, a transportation agency serving Stark, Carroll and Columbiana Counties. This funding will support the three-mile extension of the U.S. 30 expressway in Stark County, adding to some $18 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced earlier this week.

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Tue, Nov 12, 2019

Today, state Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded $18 million in grant funding to the Regional Transportation Improvement Project, a transportation agency serving Stark, Carroll and Columbiana Counties. This funding will support the three-mile extension of the U.S.-30 expressway in Stark County.

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Thu, Nov 7, 2019

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced the release of state funds to two Stark County organizations, the Massillon, Ohio-based Heartland Behavioral Healthcare and the YWCA of Canton for facility safety improvements and supportive housing, respectively. 

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Mon, Nov 4, 2019

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued a statement announcing $3.23 million in funding for the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority in Stark County, which was passed with Democratic backing in the state’s transportation budget earlier this year.

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Tue, Oct 29, 2019