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Ohio Jobs and Services on the Line with Stimulus Compromise

February 12, 2009

Cleveland, OH – Social service providers say the compromise lawmakers reached Wednesday on the stimulus bill won’t be enough to help Ohio’s most-vulnerable citizens. The new deal offers much less money than the version approved in the house, leaving out $25 billion in discretionary funding for states the House had passed.

Co-chair of the Campaign to Protect Ohio’s Future, Gayle Channing-Tenenbaum, says that’s money Ohio needs for children, seniors and others who depend on social services.

"In Ohio, it would mean about a billion to a billion-two in services that would be lost if we don’t get these dollars put back in."

Supporters of the compromise say it's a good middle ground that creates more jobs than the original Senate bill. But Channing-Tenenbaum says that won't be the case here in Ohio.

"Without these dollars, we will be cutting more jobs in this economy where we're already losing jobs. So, we estimate somewhere between 9,000 and 12,000 jobs will also be lost."

These funds are needed to help those who can’t protect themselves, according to Bill Denihan, CEO of the Cuyahoga County Mental Health Board.

"The children don’t have that advocacy that adults have to protect them. So, we’ve got protect them and hope that greater minds look at the urgency we have."

The House could consider the bill as early as today and the Senate Friday.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH