Senate District 17
Bob Peterson
Peterson Champions Efforts to Support Local Communities as they Rebuild
July 2, 2020

COLUMBUS— During these challenging economic times State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) has supported key legislative efforts to assist local communities and school districts in their recovery from COVID-19.

Peterson also led the charge to help local economies rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic through provisions in House Bill 481, which authorizes the distribution of $350 million of federal CARES Act funding to local governments and re-appropriates state capital improvement funding to support the continuation of local infrastructure projects and the jobs they create. Local community projects that will continue due to the redistribution of funding include:

  • Over $1 million to the Wilmington Air Park improvements project through Southern State Community College.

  • $600,000 to the Rio Grande Community College Technology Infrastructure & Information Systems.

"I am proud to help local governments make investments in these important community projects that will strengthen Ohio’s economy and protect our state and communities from further job loss," Peterson said.

Peterson also supported an amendment to House Bill 164 to provide essential support to school districts and drastically reduce the anticipated budget cuts by placing a cap on state funding reductions at 6 percent per district, and offering additional flexibility as they plan for the upcoming school year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

House Bill 481 and House Bill 164 each contained an emergency clause and took immediate effect upon receiving the Governor’s signature.

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