Rep. Miller, House Dems Announce $310 Million In COVID-19 Relief
Federal funds will help offset costs incurred by frontline healthcare providers during the pandemic
 
 

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) announced Monday the state Controlling Board approved another round of funding to support Ohio’s efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak.


“Under the CARES Act, the federal government gave $4.5 billion to our state with very little flexibility on how to use it to respond to COVID‘s impact on Ohio. So far a little over $2 billion has been approved. This is a great start, however, there are still many first responders, schools, local governments and Ohioans in need of more relief. We are asking Congress to not only provide new investment, but more flexibility for the dollars previously granted under the CARES Act. This will improve our ability to pinpoint the needs of Ohioans and closely align the dollars with the challenges we’re facing during this COVID-era. Local leaders need more support to make up for the revenue shortfalls as they attempt to provide safe and sufficient services during these unprecedented times. ” said Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst).


The Controlling Board Monday approved federal funds from the CARES Act to the following agencies and program to respond to the COVID-19 crisis:



  • $192 million to skilled nursing facilities, behavioral health, assisted living, and home health care providers;

  • $50 million to create the BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant Program, which will expand high-speed internet access for Ohio students utilizing remote learning during COVID crisis;

  • $18.3 million to Ohio’s public libraries;

  • $8.7 million to Ohio Attorney General’s office to assist rape and domestic violence crisis centers and $1 million for consumer protection efforts;

  • $3 million to Ohio Veterans Posts and $1 million to Ohio Veterans Homes;

  • $4.7 million to Deputy Registrars and Driver Test Centers;

  • $7.2 million to the Ohio Department of Health;

  • $25 million to various state agencies including the Departments of Education, Natural Resources, Public Safety, and others.


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