Ohio to invest $5.8 billion in caregiving, education, health care

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State Rep. Daniel Troy, D-Willowick, recently announced that House Bill 45 has been signed into law.

The bill, he noted, will allocate $5.8 billion in mostly federal COVID relief funding to support education, improve mental health care infrastructure and strengthen caregiving networks across the state.

According to Troy, HB 45 accomplishes a legislative priority of the 134th General Assembly lame-duck session, which was to make sure the nearly $2 billion remaining American Rescue Plan Act funds were allocated to programs that would “keep Ohio’s communities safe and healthy” while supporting working families and caregivers, and creating good-paying jobs.

“I am glad that we were able to come to (a) bipartisan agreement in order to move these remaining ARPA dollars to areas of critical need in our local communities,” Troy said. “These one-time funds were appropriated in Washington to address the challenges and public service shortfalls caused by the pandemic.

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