YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown told U.S. senators Thursday that depressed communities like ours are in even greater need of federal relief because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The mayor was one of several people testifying before the Senate Banking Committee, which is now chaired by Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, on that huge $1.9 trillion covid relief package the Biden Administration is supporting.
“Cities do not have an opportunity to flounder for another 50 years. A federal rescue plan must include assistance to help build back better legacy cities like Youngstown, Ohio,” Brown said.
Although Republicans on the committee argue the package is much larger than it needs to be and targets money to areas that have nothing to do with the pandemic, Brown told the Senators the rescue plan must provide funds for testing and vaccines, help for people who can’t pay their rent, and money for local governments that have lost revenue because of the pandemic.
“The needs of the city of Youngstown are no different from other communities across the nation. When a city is barely rebounding from 50 years of economic decline because of outside forces beyond our control, those rebounds have been further eviscerated by COVID-19,” Brown said.