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COLUMBUS –House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the launch of the Ohio Promise: Opportunity Agenda Tour, a statewide series of town hall events where local lawmakers will discuss statewide issues like jobs and economic development, the state budget, protecting healthcare access and the freedom to vote, and the pending redistricting process. The public events will give Ohioans the opportunity to ask questions and offer input on ways to address the issues facing their communities. 

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Thu, Jul 15, 2021

If you received a non-fraud unemployment overpayment at no fault of your own, you are eligible to request a waiver to prevent you from repaying those funds. Money will also be returned to claimants who already repaid an overpayment but qualify for the waiver. Those who received Trade, SharedWork Ohio, and other types of unemployment benefits may also be eligible for waiver. 

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Tue, Jul 13, 2021
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The New Small Business Relief Grant is designed to provide necessary relief to new Ohio small businesses established on or after January 1, 2020 that have been negatively impacted by the effects of COVID-19. The Governor of the State of Ohio and the Ohio Legislature have designated up to ten million dollars ($10,000,000) to provide $10,000 grants to assist in ensuring the survival and stability of these crucial businesses. For questions contact newbusinessgrant@development.ohio.gov.

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Mon, Jul 12, 2021

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including the allocation of more than $19 billion to be distributed over the next two years to support education in Ohio under the new Fair School Funding formula.

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Mon, Jul 12, 2021

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement following the announcement that Ohioans who were overpaid unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for a waiver to avoid costly repayments. Ohioans who saw their benefits stolen by scammers will also be eligible for replacement payments. 

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Fri, Jul 9, 2021
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Early voting to nominate a candidate to fill the seat of former U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge begins today, July 7, 2021. This election is for those who reside in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, which includes parts of Summit County. Voters can either vote early in person or cast their ballot by mail. Early voting begins July 7 and ends on August 2, with the Primary Election occurring on August 3, 2021 from 6:30am-7:30pm . 

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Wed, Jul 7, 2021

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a comment Wednesday following the release of a study which found that Ohio’s Vax-a-Million lottery was not associated with an increase in the state’s vaccination rate. 

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Wed, Jul 7, 2021

Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today applauded former Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) for her service to the Ohio House and the constituents of District 26 as she departs the legislature to serve as Franklin County Commissioner. 

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Thu, Jul 1, 2021

House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement Thursday following 14 budget bill vetoes by Gov. Mike DeWine, which included several provisions Democrats opposed that would threaten quality, accessible healthcare for low-income Ohioans as well as a partisan provision that would undermine the redistricting reforms Ohioans passed in 2015 and 2018.

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Thu, Jul 1, 2021

In a memo* Tuesday, House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and Finance Committee Ranking Member Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) called on Gov. DeWine to veto several state budget provisions they say fail to meet the expectations of Ohioans as the state begins to emerge and build back from the pandemic. 

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Tue, Jun 29, 2021