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Dear Washington: Federal Funds Needed for Vulnerable Ohioans

December 17, 2008

Columbus, Ohio – When national lawmakers return to work in January, a federal recovery package that helps Ohioans should be at the top of the priority list. That's the message in a letter sent by more than 160 organizations in Ohio to President-elect Barack Obama and the Ohio congressional delegation. Gayle Channing Tenenbaum, Co-Chair of the Campaign to Protect Ohio's Future, says the money would be used to provide basic safety net services during the current recession.

"This means the difference in people having a meal, people having housing, people having child care, people having health care – the real basic needs."

Among the requests in the letter are an increase in federal Medicaid matching funds, a block grant for education, and additional Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds.

Channing Tenenbaum says there are a lot of people in Ohio needing assistance now who've never needed it before.

"Many, many of these people, who have worked so hard, now through a very bad economic situation find themselves needing help, and we have to be there to be able to respond."

The organizations are also asking for a temporary increase in food stamp benefits, increased federal funding for child care, and SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) re-authorization.

Opponents of the package cite concerns about the growing budget deficit and the possibility of new taxes.

Mary Kuhlman/Elizabeth Grattan, Public News Service - OH