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State lawmakers split over who could qualify for hero pay (The Repository)

By: Anna Staver Access article Shannon Jones, a former Republican state senator who now runs early childhood advocacy group Groundwork Ohio, went a step further calling it a "punch to the gut" to see the Senate put lines in its budget proposal to prohibit Ohio from giving child care workers these kinds of bonuses.

"The average wage for child care professionals is $10.60 per hour," Jones said. "They could have earned more money on unemployment during the pandemic."

But they didn't, she said. They stayed in their jobs, so that the police officers, firefighters, nurses and doctors could go to work.


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