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Highlights of Gov. DeWine's proposed 2-year spending plan for Ohio

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled a two-year, $75 billion state budget on Monday that includes a $1 billion initiative to help bring the state back from the economic downfall of the pandemic.

Posted: Feb 2, 2021 10:16 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled a two-year, $75 billion state budget on Monday that includes a $1 billion initiative to help bring the state back from the economic downfall of the pandemic.

The budget proposal was crafted “with the goal of emerging even stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic,” DeWine said as he announced the plan with Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.

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The $1 billion comes from a combination of savings through a reduced workforce and frozen state spending, along with an increase in federal Medicaid dollars.

It’s meant as a one-time investment only, the governor said.

Some details of the budget:

PANDEMIC RELIEF:

—More than $450 million in relief for small businesses struggling since the pandemic began. The types of businesses include movie theaters, concert venues as well as bars and restaurants.

The funding will allocate $20 million to new businesses started in 2020 as well as enhanced services to minority-owned businesses.

—In an effort to “strengthen Ohio communities, $450 million will be invested in key infrastructure projects, with $250 million of that going toward expanding broadband access to rural parts of the state.

—The state will use $50 million to promote Ohio to a “national audience,” in a PR campaign meant to bring new residents to the state as well as convince former residents to return.

—To advance Ohio’s workforce, an investment of $70 million will be made to both ensure businesses have access to top-quality candidates and candidates receive the training, tech-focused credential needed to move up in their careers.

EDUCATION:

—More than $13 billion in total will be allocated each year to schools and districts across Ohio, including $1.1 billion to support Student Wellness and Success Funds, a program launched by DeWine during the last budget that fosters continued partnerships between schools and districts and local organizations providing social services to students.

—Close to $1.6 billion of the education budget will go to support child nutrition programs, which provide school breakfast and lunch meals as well as summer food service to millions of students.

—In response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on schools, more than $2.4 billion in federal emergency relief funding will go to extend learning programs.

HIGHER ED:

—In an effort to make college more affordable for students with financial needs, the budget will set aside $211 million in order to raise the per-student Ohio College Opportunity Grant award by $500.

—The state will provide $53 million in scholarships to at least 2,000 students to continue efforts to strengthen Ohio’s competitiveness within the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine.

PRISONS:

—The budget will allocate funding to provide incarcerated Ohioans struggling with substance abuse or mental health problems with access to resources for recovery.

The investment plans to expand access to counseling, peer support, technology and medication within the state’s correctional facilities.

H2OHIO:

—The H2Ohio water quality initiative, introduced in 2019, will receive nearly $250 million to continue the state’s effort to clean up toxic algae in Lake Erie and protect other lakes and rivers throughout Ohio.

The funding will include $100 million to enroll and engage 1,900 agriculture producers to help farmers implement practices to prevent nutrient runoff, the biggest contributor to the algae in western Lake Erie.

OHIO STATE HIGHWAY PATROL

—While DeWine said the budget would not include any tax increases, he did introduce an increase in the state’s motor vehicle fees to help fund the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The governor proposed a $10 increase in motor vehicle registration fees and a $2 increase to the title fee.

The law enforcement agency has been heavily involved in the state’s response to the Black Lives Matter protests last summer as well as patrolling the Ohio Statehouse after a number of violent protests over COVID-19 restrictions and the 2020 presidential election.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 775686

Reported Deaths: 14025
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1066871814
Lake572681031
Allen43500701
Hamilton37653427
St. Joseph37508568
Elkhart29882471
Tippecanoe23732232
Vanderburgh23634405
Porter19690327
Johnson19020394
Hendricks18271323
Clark13730199
Madison13719348
Vigo12949256
Monroe12691180
LaPorte12645225
Delaware11218198
Howard10832237
Kosciusko9851124
Hancock8855150
Bartholomew8343157
Warrick8216157
Floyd8128183
Grant7457181
Boone7289105
Wayne7273201
Morgan6988143
Marshall6376117
Dubois6327118
Cass6130112
Noble607391
Dearborn605878
Henry6001111
Jackson520977
Shelby514898
Lawrence5020128
Gibson471697
Montgomery464792
Clinton462755
DeKalb461485
Harrison459277
Huntington429082
Whitley421045
Steuben414561
Miami411573
Jasper403957
Knox397291
Putnam388762
Wabash373884
Adams358956
Ripley354571
Jefferson351487
White341854
Daviess3110100
Wells305981
Greene298485
Decatur294393
Posey288235
Fayette287764
Scott285458
LaGrange278873
Clay277649
Washington257638
Randolph248583
Jennings243349
Spencer240531
Fountain239050
Starke231559
Owen226759
Sullivan224143
Fulton210446
Jay204132
Carroll200623
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Perry193139
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Rush179127
Tipton174348
Franklin173935
Parke157816
Pike144034
Blackford138732
Pulaski124748
Newton124137
Benton111615
Brown106743
Crawford106716
Martin92715
Warren88715
Switzerland8568
Union73910
Ohio58711
Unassigned0429

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1132798

Reported Deaths: 20530
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1312911496
Cuyahoga1180592268
Hamilton830231263
Montgomery541901064
Summit491891018
Lucas43982835
Butler40324615
Stark34056941
Lorain26232511
Warren25125312
Mahoning22881614
Lake21602397
Clermont20592261
Delaware19295138
Licking16977227
Fairfield16959207
Trumbull16940493
Medina16019278
Greene15721254
Clark14439309
Portage13548219
Wood13411201
Allen12124245
Richland11870214
Miami11140229
Wayne9344228
Columbiana9282236
Muskingum9207137
Pickaway8796123
Marion8774140
Tuscarawas8756257
Erie8220166
Ashtabula7318180
Hancock7080135
Ross7070165
Geauga7032153
Scioto6887108
Belmont6261179
Lawrence6033106
Union595149
Jefferson5787162
Huron5678122
Sandusky5536130
Darke5476131
Seneca5391128
Washington5391111
Athens528660
Auglaize510587
Mercer492885
Shelby487798
Knox4678112
Ashland450198
Madison450066
Defiance444599
Fulton443275
Putnam4366104
Crawford4152112
Brown414163
Preble3988107
Logan396379
Clinton395667
Ottawa378281
Highland370768
Williams361878
Champaign351760
Guernsey334054
Jackson324954
Perry300550
Morrow298544
Fayette291350
Hardin280465
Henry279067
Coshocton275161
Holmes2735102
Van Wert254465
Gallia254150
Adams253658
Pike247137
Wyandot236557
Hocking224163
Carroll203349
Paulding181542
Meigs153940
Monroe139446
Noble138739
Harrison115738
Morgan112024
Vinton88217
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