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Increased Funding Right Thing to Do

Seldom is a big increase in government spending cause for rejoicing. But the decision by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and state legislators to boost funding to help at-risk children is just that.

Ohio’s new two-year budget includes big increases in resources for child protective services. In Belmont County alone, the amount allocated for this year is $836,854 — up dramatically from last year’s $444,602.

In large measure because of the drug abuse crisis, many more children in the Buckeye State need help. The additional state funding will mean more people helping them and more money to ensure they have necessities such as decent clothing.

Good for lawmakers and DeWine, then, for understanding that taking care of children is a top priority for state government.

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