COLUMBUS – State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several major items this week, including $42 million in American Rescue Plan funds to aid with vaccine distribution efforts, vaccine education, mobile vaccination units and data management. Ohio has faced a surge in demand for COVID-19 vaccines since the onset of the omicron variant.
The Controlling Board also approved over $1 million in funds to evaluate and create maintenance plans for the canal system at Portage Lakes State Park, located in Akron.
“I am pleased to announce the Controlling Board’s approval of funding to support the development of the Ohio & Erie Canal at Portage Lakes,” said Rep. Galonski. “This canal system is an important part of Akron’s history, and it is my hope that these funds allow the canal to flourish once again.”
Additional items to improve the health and safety of Ohioans included:
$20 million in COVID-19 relief funds to support educational programs for schools and families during the pandemic;
$10 million to the Food Service Program Assistance fund to support food service inspections;
$7.5 million to help address staffing shortages in long-term care facilities caused by the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.