COLUMBUS – Today, Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) announced that the state Controlling Board approved more than $100 million in funding for infrastructure projects and programs to protect the health, safety and security of Ohioans, including $90 million for school building capital improvement projects to help districts across the state with ongoing construction costs.
“Ensuring the prosperity and well-being of our citizens is fundamental to our continued growth and progress as a state. I am so excited to hear that the State of Ohio has the opportunity to invest in such vital endeavors, and I look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition,” said Rep. Miranda.
The Controlling Board approved other measures Monday to support the health, safety and security of Ohioans, including:
· $2.56 million in new disaster relief dollars, bringing the total funding for FEMA disaster recovery to $12.7 million;
· $900,000 for medical testing equipment for the Ohio WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program;
· $612,060 to ODJFS to take on fraudulent unemployment claims and improve the state’s outdated unemployment insurance system;
· $400,000 for COVID-19 vaccine distribution statewide as vaccine demand is expected to increase with more doses for children and boosters being administered;
· $220,000 to the Ohio Department of Medicaid for tracking major unusual incidents where the health and welfare of a person may be adversely affected or placed at a likely risk of harm. The program will better protect the safety and security of Ohio’s Medicaid recipients;
· $216,770 in each of the next two years to implement a data system within the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to identify high risk child welfare cases to better protect against abuse and neglect.