Magazine article Policy & Practice

Ohio Governor Seeks Federal Aid to Battle Downturn

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Ohio Governor Seeks Federal Aid to Battle Downturn

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COLUMBUS, Ohio--To ensure that Ohioans are fully aware of the historic economic challenges confronting Ohio and the nation, Gov. Ted Strickland and Budget Director J. Pari Sabety have announced that the state is facing not only a budget deficit in the current fiscal year, but is projected to face an exceptionally large, more than $7 billion, deficit in the upcoming 2010-2011 operating budget.

Strickland said that the need to initiate additional spending reductions to balance the current budget will be largely determined by whether considerable state aid is included in the federal government's recovery package and if robust activity occurs in to the current budget will be in addition to the $1.27 billion in budget adjustments already under way. In a letter to President-elect Barak Obama, the governor sought a multi-pronged assistance package, which includes a block grant request (flexible federal funds for states), additional TANF Funds, increase in Medicaid FMAP, addressing an Unemployment Compensation shortfall, and a package for the U.S. automotive industry. …

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