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Ohio Is Hoarding Money Meant for Poor Families

Author Greg Kaufmann explains how mayors in Ohio were prevented from using a portion of more than $500 million in unspent cash assistance to help their poorest residents.

Last September, a bipartisan coalition of approximately 70 mayors across 13 counties in Appalachian Ohio had an idea: With so many people thrown off cash assistance (TANF) by the state in recent years, the coalition said that the Kasich administration was now sitting on more than $500 million in unused funds from the program’s block grant. So they requested $12 million to help their constituents, some of the poorest in Ohio: $8 million to prevent water shutoffs, and $4 million to purchase essential items like diapers, feminine-hygiene products, first-aid supplies, and over-the-counter medications.

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 (Greg Kaufmann)

Greg Kaufmann

Senior Fellow