COLUMBUS—State Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) 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.
The action comes as Ohio enters the next phase of the governor’s “restart,” which will see retail, personal services and outdoor dining begin to reopen this week.
“As we enter a new phase of combatting this virus, I am heartened to see the Controlling Board approve funding for these critical efforts” said Rep. Miranda. “The Controlling Board’s approval serves as a reminder that a bi-partisan, commonsense response to COVID-19 is the best option to confronting and beating this pandemic.”
The Controlling Board approved more than $112 million in federal funds Monday, including:
- $52.5 million to support Ohio’s unemployment insurance program;
- $20.9 million to the Ohio Department of Health to aid the state’s COVID-19 response, combat substance abuse and overdoses, and support other federally funded programs;
- $15.9 million for state and local law enforcement’s coronavirus response, including the purchase of PPE and medical assistance to inmates in state and local facilities;
- Nearly $13 million to expand the state’s contact tracing program to detect, isolate and contain the spread of COVID-19;
- $3.8 million in federal CARES Act funding to assist Ohio manufacturers amid the global pandemic;
- $6.7 million for small business assistance;
- $116,227 to help local businesses seeking federal, state and local government contracts.
Additionally, the Controlling Board approved $20 million in state funds to support the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Service’s coronavirus response, including funding for pharmaceutical and medical supplies, PPE and other costs associated to the response.