COVID-19 UPDATE: Assistance for Small Businesses

As a business owner myself, I understand the complications and devastating effects COVID-19 is having on our economy.

Congress passed the CARES ACT which is a $2 trillion stimulus package. Of the $2 trillion, $349 billion is allotted to the ‘Paycheck Protection Program.’

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

 

Below you will see three articles for in-depth analysis and FAQ:

https://home.treasury.gov/…/assistance-for-small-businesses…

https://gop-waysandmeans.house.gov/cares-act-unemployment…/…

https://www.rubio.senate.gov/…/71AB6CB05A08E369E0D488A80B38…

 

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COVID-19 Package Unanimously Passes House & Senate

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) announced the unanimous passage of Am. Sub. H.B. 197 on Wednesday by both House and Senate, providing emergency relief for Ohio families, businesses, and communities in the midst of the effects of COVID-19.

“As a state we are living in unprecedented times due to COVID-19,” said Rep. Powell. “As a legislature, we want to do everything we can to protect the rights and freedoms of Ohioans. That is our responsibility, and the current crisis does not negate that, but rather makes even strong our commitment to securing liberty for Ohioans.”

Some of the highlights of the COVID-19 package include the following:

  • Ohio’s state tax filing deadline will be July 15, mirroring the newly adjusted federal tax deadline for this year.
  • Absentee voting for the March 17th primary will be extended to April 28th, giving Ohioans the ability to submit their ballots via mail if they have not already voted.
  • Public water disconnections are prohibited during the pandemic, ensuring that Ohioans will not have their water cut off.
  • Waiving unemployment barriers including the first week waiting period, the work search requirement, and unemployment eligibility will now include COVID-19 related lay-offs.
  • State testing, district and building report cards have been waived for the 2019-2020 school year. The bill eases restrictions on distance learning, creates a safe harbor from sanctions for schools, and permits seniors to graduate if their school determines they are on track to do so. The 2020-21 list of EdChoice eligible schools will be the exact same as the 2019-2020 list.
  • Provisions for the continuity of school lunch programs and student meal delivery.
  • The bill suspends staff to child ratio requirements and maximum group sizes at operating child-care centers during the duration of this pandemic.
  • Public meeting requirements for local governments, commissions, boards, etc. will be adjusted to allow for publicly accessible online meetings during this time.
  • Any state issued occupational license that is set to expire between the bill’s effective date and December 1, 2020, will be automatically extended to December 1, 2020.
  • Removal of barriers for essential government and health workers, waiving rehire waiting time for critical agency workers, and allowing nursing graduates to practice prior to passing licensure exams.

“This is a hard time for our communities as I have seen so many in our communities step up and serve in this time, and we want to see more of that. Our goal in this bill is to aid in community, business, and family efforts to fight COVID-19 in our state and nation. This legislation will help bring us back on track to a thriving economy so that we can continue living our American dreams in Ohio,” said Powell.

Powell continued, “Even though times can be difficult, our communities are strong, our state is strong, and the United States is strong. Together, we are going to get through this pandemic.”

As always, if you have any questions about this COVID-19 package or any other state government concern, please reach out to our office at 614-466-8114 or Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

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DEMOCRATS HOLDING UP CRUCIAL AID TO AMERICANS

The Democrats in the US Senate are holding up almost 2 Trillion dollars of needed aid to hurting Americans. Why? Because Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi refuses to pass a bill without adding emissions mandates for airplanes, tax credits for solar and wind energy, and $35 Million for the JFK Performing Arts Center – pet projects that have NOTHING to do with the pandemic Americans are experiencing right now.

In crises like this, we expect our politicians to set aside partisan labels and work together for the good of America. However imperfect it is, the Senate bill has many provisions to save businesses, to help families, and to support the heroes on the front lines of this war we are in. It includes dozens of ideas from Democrats and Republicans alike, crafted in bipartisan working groups (of which Senator Rob Portman was a major part).

Instead of coming together, Democrats (including Senator Sherrod Brown) are using this pandemic as a vehicle to enact their dream proposals. They voted against a bill that contained many of their own ideas in an act of craven partisanship.

A top Democrat in Congress called the Coronavirus pandemic “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” I am so saddened that our leaders are treating this emergency as a chance to sneak their personal agendas past the American people.

Democrats, it’s time to stop playing chicken with the retirement of hard-working American families. Put aside your party allegiance and do what’s right for America. TODAY.

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Representative Powell Appointed to Governor’s Advisory Board of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives  

COLUMBUS – Last week, Speaker Larry Householder appointed State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) to the Governor’s Advisory Board of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Powell was very pleased with the appointment.

 

“Faith and community are an important part of my life, and I am thrilled to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Board of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives on behalf of my community and our state,” said Powell. “At the heart of every state is strong faith and thriving communities, and I thank Speaker Larry Householder and Governor Mike DeWine for this appointment.”

 

The mission of the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is to promote solutions, including those from faith-based partners, to community needs and support the development of collaborative efforts to improve the well-being of all Ohioans.

 

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State Representative Jena Powell is currently serving her first term as a state representative. She represents the 80th Ohio House District, which encompasses Miami County and a portion of Darke County.

For more information, contact Rep Powell’s office at 614-466-8114 or Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

Personal Note From Jena Powell: We will rise to the challenge of COVID-19

Dear Friends,
 
It feels like things are a little out of control. We thrive on systems and structures and those have been disrupted over the last several weeks.
 
It’s scary, I know.
 
Many times how you respond to disruptions in your life is as important as the disruption itself. Only weeks ago we had no idea our lives would be interrupted like this. We didn’t ask for the disruption. We didn’t cause the disruption itself, but yet it came.
 
At this moment we have a choice.
 
We can cower in fear and panic. We can fly into passionate anger and lash out. We can cry and mourn the life we had just a few short weeks ago.
 
Or…
 
We can choose to take care of our families, friends, neighbors, and community.
 
This is the choice we all will get to make each morning. We’ve always had the opportunity to make this choice each morning, but during times like these the choice means more because it matters more. People are in need and will be in need. They will need babysitters, cleaners, meals prepared, people to comfort them, pick up their food/medicine, feed their children, and to be a friend.
 
We will rise to this challenge.
 
We’ll care for our neighbor by ensuring this virus doesn’t spread, but we will also care for our neighbors by making sure they’re fed. We are Americans and there’s no enemy so strong and no virus too small that we can’t beat.
 
We don’t know what tomorrow holds, but we know God cares for us just as we will care for each other.
 
-Jena

March 17th, 2020 – COVID-19 Update

What’s happening in Ohio with COVID-19?


Visual of the Latest Update

Below is helpful Information For Constituents/Businesses In Need:

Unemployment Benefits
To file claim: unemployment.cmt.ohio.gov
To view updated rules: jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm

Small Business Disaster Relief
Impacted Ohio Small Businesses can contact Ohio Development Services Agency for assistance: Email: businesshelp@development.ohio.gov

Small Business Admin Disaster Relief has set a three step process for funding/loan assistance: https://bit.ly/2w0nj75
Hotline: 800-659-2955
Email: DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov

Bar/Restaurant: Liquor Buy Back Program
For questions regarding the one-time high proof liquor buy back, please contact the Liquor Enterprise Service Center
Hotline: 877-812-0013
Email: OhioLiquorInfo@com.ohio.gov

Please contact my office at (614) 466-8114 to be of any assistance with other additional needs.

Virtual Ohio (K-12) has talent – Win free ice cream!

Across our community and state parents and kids alike need some fun in this season! Since K-12 students are off school until April 3rd we want to give YOU the chance to WIN FREE ice cream for the summer, otherwise known as 100 days of ice cream!!! This FUN contest happens in your home and all you need is a phone and internet connection!

Here is how you enter to win:
1- Each week we have a different talent to showcase!
2- Practice, plan, and RECORD your (or your students) talent. Talent can be done alone, with the family, or friends!
3- Upload on Instagram or Facebook and tag @VoteJenaPowell with the age of your child and brief explanation of talent.
4- Winner will be chosen based upon originality and talent! We will direct message winner for gift card to come directly to you!

*BEST TALENT – March 16-20: Tag is @votejenapowell on Instagram or Facebook with a video of your talent. Whether alone, a friend act, or with the family…we’re excited to see your talent! All talents welcome no matter how big or small! Singing, joke telling, dancer, world champion backyard basketball player, talented whistler? We want to see it all! Winner of a $100 McDonald gift card will be announce on March 21st.

*FAVORITE JOKE – March 23-27: Tag is @votejenapowell on Instagram or Facebook with a video telling us your best joke! Winner of a $100 McDonald gift card will be announce on March 28th.

*PAINT OUR COMMUNITY – March 30th-April 3rd: Tag is @votejenapowell on Instagram or Facebook with a painting, drawing, coloring, etc. a picture of your favorite part about our community or state! Please take a photo of your student holding the art they are entering. Winner of a $100 McDonald gift card will be announce on April 4th.

Tell your kids and join the fun!

Event details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2885112561534424/

-Jena Powell

Powell Statement on Coronavirus

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) has released the following statement amid concerns of the coronavirus:

“I want to take this time to give an update to the people of the 80th Ohio House district on the coronavirus situation. Governor DeWine recently announced that all public, private, and charter schools will close at the end of school on Monday, March 16 until April 3.

Additionally, DeWine originally announced that the Ohio Departments of Health and Veterans Services issued an order limiting the number of visitors to nursing homes and assisted living facilities to one person per resident per day. However, this has changed as DeWine stated today that in the coming days he will issue an order to stop all visitations to nursing homes. Further, another order was issued to ban gatherings of more than 100 people in a single room throughout Ohio.

We must ensure that our public stays informed on this issue, such as following some of these cleanliness tips:

  • Frequently wash and scrub your hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds
    • Cough or sneeze into your arm or shoulder; or, use a tissue and wash your hands afterward
    • Clean surfaces and objects that are touched often
    • Make a habit of NOT touching your face
    • And if you or your child is sick, stay home, except to get medical care
  • Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick

I am very appreciative of both our health departments at the state and local levels in their efforts to combat and contain the coronavirus across our state. We all must work together to keep our families, children, and neighbors as educated and healthy as possible during this time.

For more updates and to answer any further questions you may have regarding the coronavirus, I encourage you to visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-427-5634. If you have any further concerns, feel free to reach out to my office by emailing Rep80@ohiohouse.gov or calling 614-466-8114.

 

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State Representative Jena Powell is currently serving her first term as a state representative. She represents the 80th Ohio House District, which encompasses Miami County and a portion of Darke County.

For more information, contact Rep Powell’s office at 614-466-8114 or Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

Press Conference, Bill Update, and February News!

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been hard at work in pushing forward several important pieces of legislation during this second year of the 133rd General Assembly.

 

 

Most recently, I held a press conference introducing the Save Women’s Sports Act. The Save Women’s Sports Act makes sure that women are not forced to compete against men playing on women’s sports teams. The bill would designate male and female sports teams be based upon the biological sex of an individual, meaning that biological males cannot play on female teams.

 

This bill ensures that every little girl who works hard to make it on a podium is not robbed of her chance by a biological male competing against her in a biological female sport. We want every little girl to achieve her athletic dream here in the state of Ohio.

 

This is just one of many other bills I have recently introduced and I hope you scroll below to read more about other bill updates! I feel very proud to be able to represent you and your concerns at the Ohio Statehouse. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any other questions you may have and I assure you that my office will be in touch.

 

-Jena Powell

BILL UPDATES

The bills that we have been working on uphold our conservative values. They are pro-business and pro-family bills that increase freedom for individuals and families in our state. For more details on these bills, you can visit my website at http://www.ohiohouse.gov/jena-powell.

HB 196 – Unjust [501c(3)] Fitness Center Tax Act

-Passed Unanimously out of Ways & Means Committee

This bill corrects a tax error that started in 1992 that mistakenly added sales tax to non-profit fitness center memberships here in Ohio. This Act will sowwlve this problem by exempting 501(c)(3) fitness.center memberships from les tax, saving Ohioans $10 million.

 

HB 197 – Tax Code Streamlining & Correction Act

-Passed Unanimously out of Senate Committee

This tax clean-up bill corrects over 100 errors in the tax code, which will ultimately make the tax code easier for Ohioans to read and understand.

HB 258 – Expanded Apprenticeships Act

-First Hearing

This bill will expand Ohio’s workforce by getting individuals into the workforce faster through expanding apprenticeship programs. HB 258 will allow individuals in certain occupations to use a certified apprenticeship program (with paid work and hands-on training) towards completing their occupational license.

HB 297 – Strong Families Tax Act

-Passed out of House Ways & Means Committee

Joint-sponsored with Rep. Tim Ginter, HB 297 will authorize a nonrefundable tax credit for a taxpayer’s cash contributions to any qualifying pregnancy resource centers. This bill will help protect life’s most vulnerable individuals, unborn children, and protect their right to life while providing support for mothers and families.

HB 312 – Small Business Crowdfunding Act

-First Hearing in the Senate

Entrepreneurs and small business owners have enough challenges without government invoking more roadblocks to success. HB 312 will allow Ohioans to raise up to $5 million through intrastate equity crowdfunding, which can be used to start, grow, or expand their businesses.

HB 399 – Cosmetology Licensing Reform Act

-Third Hearing in the House

This Act will lower the state mandated licensure hour requirements for cosmetologists, hair designers, and barbers, which will allow students to enter the workforce faster. It will authorize distance learning, and allow on-demand scheduling and working in a salon to increase flexibility and training experience for students.

 

HB 415 – Prosecuting Trafficking Proceeds Act

-Second Hearing in the House

This bill aims to target pimps and traffickers by making receiving the proceeds from human trafficking or prostitution a crime. Anyone who knowingly receives money, or anything of value from a prostitute that was exchanged for sexual activity will be charged with a crime. This bill will aid in the fight against human sex trafficking in the state of Ohio, assisting law enforcement in being able to charge pimps and traffickers and connect them with illegal activity.

 

HB 432 – License Reciprocity Act

-First Hearing in the House

Part of solving the workforce shortage in Ohio is for us to allow reciprocity in Ohio for those who hold out-of-state occupational licenses. We want people to come to Ohio and become a part of our communities. HB 432 will make it easier for individuals to move to and work in Ohio, recognizing that workers don’t lose their skills when they cross a state border.

 

HB 446 – Stop Elder Abuse License Plate

This bill will create the “Stop Elder Abuse” license plate. Too many of our elderly loved ones are easily abused and mistreated, and it is critical that we bring awareness to this issue.

 

HR 180 – Declaring Pornography a Public Health Crisis

-Fourth Hearing in the House

This resolution acknowledges that Ohio is the fourth worst state in the nation for reports of human trafficking. This resolution also recognizes that sex trafficking, prostitution, and pornography are interrelated. Due to this, our resolution declares pornography a public health crisis that must be addressed through education, prevention, research, and policy changes at the community level to confront this crisis.

HB 486 – In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Fraud Act

Current law does not provide any legal recourse for women and their children who find out years later that a doctor used his own sperm to imprenate a woman without her consent. This bill would make it a third degree felony for a licensed health care professional to purposely use human reproductive material from a donor without the patient’s consent.

 

HB 527 – Save Women’s Sports Act

The legislation will ensure that women will not have to compete against men playing on women’s sports teams. It would make male and female sports to be based on the biological sex of an individual.

Where was Jena in January and February?

January 15 ­– Attended Miami County Police Chiefs Meeting and Covington Noon Optimists Meeting

January 17 – Toured the Troy Goodwill and met with Riverside Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities

January 27 – First Community Conversations with Rep. Jena Powell was held in Troy

January 29 – Tippecanoe Boys Soccer Team is recognized at the Statehouse for their State Championship Title

January 30 – Sponsor Testimony on H.B. 415, Prosecuting Trafficking Proceeds Act

February 10 – Guest on WRFD 880 AM discussing Prosecuting Trafficking Proceeds Act

February 13 – Cedarville University College Republicans visit the Statehouse

February 13 – Guest on “The State of Business with the Ohio Society of CPAs”

February 14  Met with Southwest Ohio Center Right group

February 24  Attends Elder Abuse Commission Meeting

February 25  H.B. 197, Tax Code Streamlining and Corrections Act, passes unanimously in the Ohio Senate Ways and Means Committee

February 25 ­ Save Women’s Sports Act Press Conference

Seeking “HOMETOWN HERO” Submissions!
Once again, thank you for taking the time to read through this newsletter. I hope it has served as a helpful update to you regarding what we are doing in Columbus and throughout the district.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office with any questions at 614-466-8114 or Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

 

-Jena Powell

‘Hometown Hero’ Special Guest Nomination

Anyone can be a hero! We have incredible Moms, Teachers, Pastors, Janitors, Doctors, Volunteers, Nurses, Dads, and Tutors in our communities. No matter who you are, you make a difference in the life of others.  

Nominate YOUR “Hometown Hero” to be the special guest of State Rep. Jena Powell at the 2020 “State of the State” address by Governor Mike DeWine – on March 31st, at 12:00PM in Columbus.

‘Hometown Hero’ Nomination Form

The chosen nominee will get two tickets for the ‘State of the State’ in Columbus to join Rep. Powell for the afternoon.

Afternoon includes:

  • Tour of the Statehouse
  • Lunch at the Statehouse
  • Address by Governor Mike DeWine
  • Reception in the Governors official office

*Winner will be announced March 16th. Portal closes March 15th for nomination!