The American Rescue Plan Act and its copious funding have been meant to assist uplift communities hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic — to not underwrite native politicians’ favored tasks. You wouldn’t comprehend it by how Cuyahoga County Council is parceling out chunk of $240 million in ARPA cash.
Our editorial board has already criticized council’s creation of individual $6 million “slush funds” for every of the 11 council members to spend principally as they see match. Reassurances on oversight of this cash have been proven to be hole when cleveland.com’s Kaitlin Durbin unearthed that County Councilmember Cheryl Stephens had promised $120,000 of her allotment to a street venture even before council formally voted to distribute the money.
Now, County Council has pledged $5 million of ARPA cash to the struggling International Middle for Well being Innovation, the exact amount that supporters of a questionable $46 million improve plan sought to try to turn this eight-year-old sow’s ear into a conference meeting mecca — wrongly short-circuiting public enter and accountability, once more.
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