(CLEVELAND, Ohio)- Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today held two separate events with members of his Lead Advisory Committee in recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Governor DeWine and members of the Lead Advisory Committee, a committee Governor DeWine established in mid-September, convened in both Cleveland and Toledo.
“The Lead Advisory Committee was created to build on the investments included in my budget to make more of Ohio’s homes lead-safe for children and families,” Governor Mike DeWine said. “It is crucial that members of the committee meet with people on the frontlines, working with those who have been affected by lead poisoning.”
During his first stop at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Governor DeWine and members of the committee heard from the Cleveland Lead Coalition on their plans to disseminate their state and federal resources to address lead poisoning. Over the next two years, Ohio will invest $5 million per year to provide a lead abatement tax credit, allowing eligible individuals to receive an income tax credit worth up to $10,000 for costs related to home lead abatement.
During his second stop at Marshall STEMM Academy, a Toledo Public School, Governor DeWine and members of the committee participated in a roundtable discussion concerning the impact of lead on the K-12 system, as well as innovative approaches to community and economic development.
Members of the Lead Advisory Committee include professionals in medicine, housing, construction trades, local and state government, and many more. Today’s events were the first meetings for the committee, additional meetings will occur monthly.