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Ohio government needs to move quickly to pass aid package | Editorial

“On the other side of the aisle, state Rep. David Leland, a Columbus Democrat, said DeWine should make coronavirus relief funds available as soon as possible.In August, Leland and state Rep. Juanita Brent, D-Cleveland, filed the Eviction Crisis Response Act, which allocates $270 million from Ohio’s rainy-day fund to create a program for immediate rental assistance”

State officials must not waste time passing an aid package for small businesses and people struggling to pay rent in Northeast Ohio and across the state during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Chagrin Falls state Sen. Matt Dolan, a Republican, announced Sept. 30 that state lawmakers and Gov. Mike DeWine are figuring out the best way to provide the money — from federal pandemic relief funds — as quickly as possible.

DeWine and lawmakers jointly are working on a plan that also would provide assistance for companies experiencing difficulty making mortgage payments.

The DeWine administration said because the issue is of the utmost importance, one option of providing the money to those struggling is through the state Controlling Board.

This bipartisan panel approves larger state spending measures.

DeWine recognizes that people are hurting and vows to help. The governor has shown a lot of compassion toward people and their plight during this pandemic.

DeWine first announced the aid package Sept. 29 while also saying the ban on alcohol sales after 10 p.m. is under review.

The ban, which is meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus by limiting late-night socializing, is, of course, unpopular with bars and restaurants already hurting from reduced business.

The aid comes as unemployment claims have climbed upward in recent days after weeks of declines from their record highs at the start of the pandemic.

On Oct. 1, state officials announced that first-time claims rose for the second time in two weeks, jumping to 17,944 for the week ending Sept. 26, a 3% increase from the previous week.

State officials say continuing claims for unemployment, considered a more reliable indicator of the economy, fell last week after rising the week before.

Both initial claims for unemployment and continuing claims rose slightly in the last week as the economic impact of the pandemic continues, Ohio’s human services agency reported Sept. 24.

And with the unfortunate unemployment numbers still too high, Dolan realizes there are people struggling to pay their rent and there are landlords straining to pay their mortgage.

We support the state in trying to provide some temporary financial assistance until this crisis is over.

On the other side of the aisle, state Rep. David Leland, a Columbus Democrat, said DeWine should make coronavirus relief funds available as soon as possible.

In August, Leland and state Rep. Juanita Brent, D-Cleveland, filed the Eviction Crisis Response Act, which allocates $270 million from Ohio’s rainy-day fund to create a program for immediate rental assistance.

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