Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including the allocation of more than $74 million to support Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. $11.9 million will be spent on distributing vaccines, $24.1 million will be spent on contact tracing, and $38.3 million will be spent on testing. The Controlling Board additionally approved the release of more than $17 million for testing in Ohio’s prisons.
The Controlling Board also approved the release of more than $160 million from the Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools Program. The funds will reimburse schools throughout Ohio to cover expenses accrued due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As we are all eager for a normal and safe summer once again, it’s important that we are continuing to provide the necessary relief to ensure a comprehensive recovery from the pandemic,” said Rep. Miranda. “Getting Ohioans vaccinated is among the most important things to do right now, and I’m glad we are investing in the distribution efforts.”
The Controlling Board approved a number of other measures on Monday, including:
- $419.1 million for Medicaid’s PASSPORT program to help elderly Ohioans stay in their homes and communities
- $88.7 million to renew projects and support the Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations;
- $3.9 million for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services to facilitate the adoption of more than 2,800 children;
- Nearly $2 million for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to purchase supplies from Ohio Certified Minority Business Enterprise vendors;
- $1.8 million in capital funds for the Department of Natural Resources to enhance small to medium wastewater projects.