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DeWine, state leaders announce $430M in coronavirus relief

Ohio Capital Journal |

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the state’s legislative leaders on Friday announced how they’d allocate almost half of what the state has left in federal coronavirus-relief dollars. The state has about $1 billion unexpended from its share of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act that Congress passed in March. At least until the feds change the rules, the funds have to be spent by Dec. 31.

The expenditures announced Friday include:

  • $50 million for mortgage and rental assistance to families making 200% or less of the federal poverty level 
  • $125 million for businesses with up to 25 employees
  • $37.5 million for restaurants and bars
  • $100 million for colleges and universities to do testing, contact tracing and provide mental-health services
  • $62 million for rural and critical-access hospitals
  • $25 million for non-profits providing services such a food banks, homeless shelters and other social services
  • $20 million for the arts