American Rescue Plan

Reliance on community block grants formula leads to uneven rescue plan funds for cities

BY: - June 2, 2021

During the past few decades in Ohio, as the population of Columbus has surpassed Cleveland as the largest city in the state, there have been comparisons made between the two cities on many levels. Which is better, which is worse, which is moving up, which is moving down. Many of those questions surfaced when the […]

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State lawsuits over stimulus tax rule face uphill battle

BY: - May 3, 2021

States were told by the federal government that they can’t use pandemic relief funds passed by Congress in March to lower taxes. In response, 16 states have filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of that restriction in the US$1.9 trillion legislation, known as the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The rescue plan makes $350 billion […]

Vilsack keys in on food insecurity and nutrition in USDA budget request

BY: - April 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday laid out USDA’s goals to expand food insecurity and nutrition programs in the president’s budget request, as well as the agency’s focus on programs to address longtime racial discrimination. “Normally I would talk to you all about numbers in the budget,” Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa, […]

Relief funding will make big difference in Ohio cities, leaders say

BY: - April 14, 2021

Every incorporated community in Ohio, from Aberdeen to Zoar, is set to receive at least some relief funding through the American Rescue Plan. The largest chunks are headed to metropolitan areas, whose leaders say the relief will play a major role in helping big cities navigate the pandemic recovery while dealing with other crises such […]

Federal funds released for school reopening. Ohio gets $3 billion

BY: - March 25, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education announced they would be releasing federal funds directed at school reopening. Of the $81 billion being released to states as part of the latest stimulus relief fund, Ohio was slated to receive nearly $3 billion in funds made available Wednesday. The funds add to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency […]

Biden touts rescue plan, tours Ohio State cancer facility in Columbus

BY: - March 24, 2021

Reporting from pool reports President Joe Biden touted the recently passed COVID-19 rescue package during a visit to Columbus Tuesday evening, highlighting the child tax credit and earned income tax credit included in the American Rescue Plan. Biden said the U.S. will have, by the end of May, roughly 600 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, […]

COVID-19 relief aid headed to Ohio; Here’s what your community will receive

BY: - March 17, 2021

The village of Bloomdale is getting stimulus money from the American Rescue Plan, as are the Ohio villages of Bloomingburg, Bloomingdale and Bloomville. Billions of dollars are being allocated throughout Ohio as part of the COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden a week ago.  There are billions […]

Local leaders look to new COVID-19 relief bill, state officials ask for changes

BY: - March 2, 2021

Ohio treasurers and local mayors said the new COVID-19 relief bill is vital for addressing immediate needs, making the path to recovery easier for some of the state’s biggest employers. State officials, however, say the funding puts the state at a disadvantage. In a call that included U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, officials from Lucas County, […]