COLUMBUS – State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and House Democrats Monday announced the approval of funds by the Controlling Board to further aid the state’s response to the health and economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding was also approved for voter education efforts and to support women-owned and veteran friendly businesses.


“It is so important that voters know how to participate in the election this year, and make a plan to do so. These dollars reflect Democratic values and our commitment making every vote count this November,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown).


The Controlling Board on Monday voted to approve the following funding items:



  • $81.5 million of federal CARES Act funds to the Ohio Department of Health to expand the state’s COVID-19 testing capabilities;

  • $45 million to the Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services for the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act to promote job creation and $141.6 million to supplement the state’s unemployment program;

  • $31 million to the Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Higher Education, and Education to address the behavioral health impacts of COCID-19;

  • $15.2 million in relief payments for Adult Day Care and Senior Centers;

  • $10 million direct loan to reopen the East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, which will provide critical medical care and create an estimated 300 jobs;

  • $1.1 million to the Secretary of State for the Citizens Education Fund to promote election information to the public;

  • $120,000 to upgrade existing employment systems to accommodate women-owned and veteran-friendly businesses.

 
 
 
  
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