The American Rescue Plan signed by President Joe Biden is directing major funding to communities and counties around the country, including $7.86 million in emergency funding directed to Ottawa County.
Also getting emergency funding will be the City of Port Clinton ($1.2 million), the villages of Oak Harbor ($530,000), Marblehead ($170,000), Kelleys Island ($60,000), Put-in-Bay ($30,000), and Catawba Island Township ($500,000).
“It seems as if our small community continuously struggles to get ahead of our needs. The economic impact of the past year has not helped our position,” said Port Clinton Mayor Mike Snider.
“However, the resources offered to us through the American Rescue Plan will certainly help us begin to turn that corner and will bring some light to what has been a very dark time.”
“Cities like Toledo often feel left behind by the decisions made in Washington, DC. But with the American Rescue Plan, a new focus has finally been placed on meeting the needs of the hard-working cities that make up the backbone of America,” said Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, whose city was awarded $188 million.
“This is a game-changer for us, and the investments we will be able to make will have lasting positive impacts on our city.”
Lucas County, to the west, got $83 million and Erie County, to the east, will receive $14 million, with Sandusky getting $18.5 million.
Direct funding for localities stands in stark contrast to the CARES Act last March, which filtered emergency money through state legislatures, slowing down the process.
The American Rescue Plan will provide vitally needed support for Northern Ohio families, communities, essential workers, and small businesses,” said Rep. Marcy Kaptur.
“I fought for the inclusion of direct support to Northern Ohio cities and municipalities like Ottawa County. The American Rescue Plan cuts out the state middle-man and will immediately provide vitally needed relief funding to communities.
“The American Rescue Plan also provides $1,400 stimulus payments to Americans; funding for vaccine distribution; and aid to state and local governments, schools, and businesses. The plan also makes a historic increase to the child tax credit from $2,000 to $3,000 and increases unemployment benefits from $300 a week to $400 a week.”
The American Rescue Plan will mount a national vaccination program that includes setting up community vaccination sites. The plan provides $2,000 in direct assistance to households across America with checks of $1,400 per person, following the $600 down payment enacted in December.
The plan will also provide direct housing assistance, nutrition assistance for 40 million Americans, expand access to safe and reliable child care and affordable health care, extend unemployment insurance so that 18 million American workers can pay their bills and support 27 million children with an expanded Child Tax Credit and more than 17 million low-wage workers through an improved Earned Income Tax Credit.
The plan delivers $170 billion for education and $45 billion for child care providers. The plan also provides more than $40 billion for higher education.
The plan will provide crucial support for the hardest-hit small businesses, especially those owned by entrepreneurs from racial and ethnic backgrounds that have experienced systemic discrimination, with EIDL grants, expanded PPP eligibility and more. The plan also provides crucial resources to protect the jobs of first responders, frontline public health workers, teachers, transit workers and other essential workers.
The bill includes several key priorities for which Sen. Brown has long fought for, including a fix for the multi-employer pensions system to ensure thousands of Ohio retirees receive the pension they have earned.