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Neighbor,
 
As we continue to navigate these difficult times, it is important that we remain mission focused: get Ohioans back to work, and keep Ohioans safe and healthy.

We built this land with our own hands using our innovation. When we were called to action, the world felt empowered because of the "Americans never give up" attitude.

Our determination to win World War I (the war to end all wars) was felt by our allies. We brought the fight to our enemies throughout World War II.

Americans taught the world how to fly, make steel, and develop the world's greatest technologies that got us to the moon and back.

We are Americans, and we can do anything. We will get through this pandemic. Fly your flags proud as we all come together as Americans, and as Ohioans.

Be well,
Frank Hoagland
State Senator
30th Senate District
 
This week, Governor Mike DeWine annouced Responsible ResartOhio, his plan to safely get Ohioans back to work. Throughout this process, I have offered input to Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted on reopening businesses in our region and shared the concerns and ideas I have heard from you. It is crucial that businesses begin to open while helping to protect the health of employees, customers and control the spread of COVID-19.

Read more here on industry-specific reopening protocols
 

Lt. Governor Husted recently announced that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has developed a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work as an essential employee during the COVID-19 crisis. Over 50,000 jobs have been posted coming from 866 unique companies. 

The site features a highly-streamlined interface with only two main links – one for essential businesses, and one for job seekers. Applicants can search through jobs in their area, their region, and the entire state.

For those eligible to receive unemployment compensation, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services is working to build their capacity to meet the high demand of claims. As a result of the federal CARES Act, many individuals who were ineligible under regular unemployment compensation may be eligible under the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA). Individuals are currently able to pre-register for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program.

 

 
Director Dorothy Pelanda, Ohio Department of Agriculture, has waived the local match component for the Agricultral Society Facilities Grant Program. All indepenent fairs and county fairs are eligible for $50,000 in grant funding with no match required. Fair managers must apply for the grant money by May 30, 2020.

While it is still not certain if fairs will operate as normal this summer, fair boards are working year round to prepare for events, maintain fairgrounds, and pay for facility expenses. This waiver will allow fairs access to funding for upgrades without the normal required local match. Thank you to Director Pelanda and Ohio Department of Agriculture for allowing fairs to access the Agricultural Society Facilities Grant Program in an easier manner during these difficult times.     
 
Last month, I shared with you efforts put forth by the legislature to provide much needed relief to Ohioans impacted by closures due to coronavirus. I am proud to share some of the action that is being taken combining Ohio's efforts alongside federal assistance: 
 
  • $25 million in federal school lunch and breakfast dollars used for the Summer Food Service Program to ensure students can continue to receive meals at home
  • An additional $20 million in federal reimbursements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • An additional $9.5 million over the next two fiscal years for the federal Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) 
  • $500k for counties to upgrade technologies to meet the demands of the emergency
  • $87.8 million for the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to purchase 2,000 ventilators and 22 million N95 masks
  • $102.45 million for the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to purchase PPE for distribution to county EMAs, hospitals, and other medical facilities, and to cover costs at the State Emergency Operations Center
  • $50.9 million for the Department of Health for statewide specimen collection, specimen collection kit manufacture, medications, external testing services, laboratory personnel costs and supplies, develop technologies to alert users of localized outbreaks, and data analysis
  • $11.35 million for the Adjutant General to establish temporary medical facilities, PPE purchases and pay for active duty pay for 750 National Guard and State Defense Forces
  • $35 million for the Office of Budget and Management to reimburse agencies without standalone Coronavirus Relief lines

This work will continue. I pledge to remain diligent in listening to feedback from our communities in order to adapt relief efforts to those in need. Please contact me if you have advice or are seeking assistance.