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Dear Neighbor,

July has been a productive month in the Ohio Senate and in northern Ohio!

In my travels across the district, I have been overjoyed to see families and friends safely reunite and businesses begin recovering. In Columbus, my colleagues and I are still working on unemployment concerns, assisting our schools and other community institutions with financial needs, and protecting our most vulnerable populations. We still have much to accomplish, and we can do it together.

Despite our recent challenges, fantastic work is still occuring in Ohio. This month's newsletter demonstrates that fact. I've been honored to be part of a variety of projects that are moving our state forward and to recognize several people from the 2nd Senate District for their contributions to our area.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any thoughts or suggestions to improve our community. I’m available at Gavarone@OhioSenate.gov or 614-466-8060 or through my social media pages.

We are in this together! 

Sincerely,
State Senator Theresa Gavarone
2nd Senate District
www.OhioSenate.gov/Gavarone

 
I really enjoyed being at the White House earlier this month to hear President Trump talk about the work of the federal government and many states across the country, including Ohio, to reduce regulatory restrictions.

The elimination of senseless red tape leads to more jobs, higher salaries and better communities. I am happy with the work we’ve done to make our state a better place to live.
 
This month, I introduced Concurrent Resolution 16, which declares opposition to the radical idea of defunding the police while also calling for justice for victims of excessive force.

In a time of ever-increasing crime and violence across our state and country, the need for and value of our law enforcement officers has never been greater. Officers, now more than ever, need our support, and as leaders in our communities, legislators must make our position clear that we stand with law enforcement and against an idea that threatens the safety of all Ohioans.

Learn more about SCR 16 here.
 

I was thrilled to join EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, President Obhof, and others from state and local government for the announcement of more than $12 million in Great Lakes grants and projects for the Toledo area.

These dollars will be used to clean the Lakes and the Maumee River and to revitalize habitats and wetlands. This is a big win as we work to preserve and protect our natural resources and northern Ohio's gem, Lake Erie!

You can learn more about these funds and the benefits they will reap for Ohio by clicking "Learn More" below:

 
The legislature's work to help our state recover from the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing. Just this week, the Controlling Board approved over $87 million in additional funding to assist our schools, veterans homes, domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers, and other important entities across Ohio with COVID-19 expenses. These dollars can be utilized to purchase PPE, help our schools prepare for potential remote learning, and for other needs.

This move will truly help our most vulnerable populations, including in Sandusky's Ohio Veterans Home in Erie County, and will assist with financial recovery as well.

Learn more about these funds by following the link below:

 
 
Back in the District!
Earlier this month, I traveled to Erie County and spent an afternoon with the Sandusky Register. I appeared on Matt Westerhold's ‘Between the Lines’ program and presented numerous President’s Letters to him and his team to celebrate their Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ awards!

In Wood County, I congratulated my colleague and friend Congressman Bob Latta for earning the "Spirit of Enterprise" award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce! It was my privilege to give Congressman Latta a Senate President's letter for his achievement. His steadfast support of local businesses and commitment to our state is unmatched, and I enjoy working with him to make our region a better place.

Meeting young constituents and recognizing their achievements is always a highlight for me! I was honored to present a President’s Letter to Nolan Johnson at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor with his family and friends in Ottawa County!

During my time in Fulton County this month, I toured the Gorham-Fayette Firehouse with Chief Bernal and State Fire Marshal Kevin Reardon! We discussed potential funding streams to update their station. Thanks to these public servants for the productive meeting and for all they do to protect Fulton County!

As our small businesses have reopened, protecting employees and customers from COVID-19 is essential. To assist in these efforts, I passed out PPE Safety Toolkits to local small businesses with JobsOhio in Lucas County. As a small business owner mself, this was a great way to spend part of my time in the district! 
 

As the new school year approaches, so does our state's annual Sales Tax Holiday! You and your family can save money while purchasing back-to-school supplies.

Here is what you can expect:

This year's holiday runs from Friday, August 7, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.


During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:

 

  • An item of clothing priced at $75 or less;
  • An item of school supplies priced at $20 or less; and
  • An item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less.

Items used in a trade or business are not exempt under the sales tax holiday.

You can learn more about the Sales Tax Holiday and how to take advantage of it
here.

 
The federally-passed CARES Act created the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA) to provide additional assistance to those unemployed due to COVID-19. Ohio’s Department of Jobs and Family Services is working to distribute benefits to get assistance to those in need. The expanded population includes self-employed workers, 1099 tax filers and part-time workers. Payments are backdated to the date individuals first became unemployed. 
 
For additional information, visit the Unemployment Office’s Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits Resource Hub below.


If you are having issues contacting JFS about your benefits, please reach out to my office at gavarone@ohiosenate.gov or 614-466-8060.
 
 
 






 
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