Ohio lawmakers are working to get $ 2 billion in federal COVID relief

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – More than $ 2 billion in federal aid for schools, businesses and renters in Ohio is nearing final approval at the Ohio Statehouse, where both legislatures have now approved the spending in some form.

The Ohio House passed its final bill on Thursday. Next, multiple invoices must be reconciled in both chambers and sent for signature to Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine.

The funding pools come from the federal CARES bill passed last year and the $ 1.9 trillion COVID relief bill signed in March.

The Ohio payouts include $ 857 million for public and private schools and other educational services. $ 465 million for emergency relief and $ 240 million for childcare services and providers, veterans homes, and trade shows.

The corporate relief includes $ 150 million for a small business grant assistance program. $ 100 million for bars and restaurants; $ 25 million for the lodging industry; $ 20 million for indoor entertainment venues to make up for lost revenue; and $ 10 million in new business grants opened after January 1, 2020.

Also includes $ 173 million for COVID testing and vaccine distribution by the Ohio Department of Health and $ 8 million for the Adjutant General to aid the Ohio National Guard’s response to the pandemic.

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