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Rep. Sobecki Announces More Federal Funds for COVID-19 and Economic Relief

Says economic relief is long overdue

State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) and House Democrats Monday announced the approval of funds in the amount of $547 million by the state Controlling Board to further aid Ohio's response to the health and economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Controlling Board Monday approved federal CARES Act funding for several items aimed at providing financial relief to Ohio's citizens, small businesses, and non-profits that have been impacted by the pandemic:

• $125 million to create the Small Business Relief Grant Program;

• $55.2 million for rent, mortgage and utility assistance;

• $38.7 million to create the Ohio Bar and Restaurant Assistance Program;

• $20 million to create the Ohio Arts and Cultural Organizations Grant Program;

• $25 million to the Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services to support non-profit organizations

"Although it is good to hear that the Controlling Board released the remaining CARES Act funds, it is disappointing that it took this long," said Rep. Sobecki. "The CARES Act was passed months ago and people all across Ohio are in need of dire assistance. My concern now is that this money is not going to be enough because the situation has gotten worse."

While this economic relief funding is critical for many Ohioans, House Democrats took issue with how long these funds were withheld. Since the start of the pandemic, Democrats have been calling for the legislature to return to session to pass several Democratic-sponsored bills that provide rental, mortgage and utility relief for residents, aid and assistance to small businesses, front-line workers, unemployed Ohioans, caregivers, schools and so many others who have been struggling.

The Controlling Board on Monday also voted to approve the following COVID-19 related and funding items using federal dollars:

• $93.3 million to the Ohio Dept. of Health to expand statewide COVID-19 testing capabilities;

• $62 million for Ohio's rural hospitals;

• $100 million to Ohio public higher education institutions;

• $24.6 million to the Ohio Dept. of Public Safety to support the Ohio National Guard's response to the COVID-19 pandemic;

• $2.5 million to the Ohio Dept. of Veterans Services to reimburse costs related to addressing COVID-19 spread in Ohio Veterans Homes in Georgetown and Sandusky;

• $1 million to Ohio's public libraries to continue operations





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Revised: 10/29/20 09:21:37 -0400.

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