Before Mike DeWine Tries to Take Credit for It, Let’s be Clear about Who Secured Funding Likely Headed to Ohio Communities 

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Columbus, OH — Ahead of an expected vote in the Ohio House tomorrow to distribute more than $420 million to local communities across Ohio, the Ohio Democratic Party is making sure Ohioans know who is (and isn’t) responsible for the critical investments expected to come their way. The American Rescue Plan, which makes this funding possible, passed thanks to support from Sherrod Brown, Tim Ryan, Marcy Kaptur, Joyce Beatty, Marcia Fudge and Nan Whaley. Not a single Republican voted for the measure – and Mike DeWine even went on record to say he’d oppose it. 

Yet, in recent weeks, Mike DeWine has taken to traveling the state to tout spending that comes from the American Rescue Plan, trying to claim credit for everything from police funding to investments in healthcare workers that DeWine opposed from the start. So before we start to see DeWine scheduling photo ops across the state in communities that benefited from this funding, Ohio Democrats want to make one thing clear: this critical funding would never have been possible if Mike DeWine had anything to say about it.

“No thanks to Mike DeWine, Ohio communities are about to receive critical investments that will help working families recover from the pandemic and move our state forward. While we’re glad Republicans, including DeWine, have recognized how important the American Rescue plan is to Ohio’s recovery, it’s unacceptable for them to try to fool Ohio voters into thinking they had anything to do with it,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesperson Matt Keyes.