COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has heard arguments for and against Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to end the state’s participation in a federal pandemic unemployment aid program ahead of a government deadline for stopping the payments.

The program provided $300 in weekly coronavirus unemployment funds but was halted early by DeWine in June 2021.

The Republican governor followed the position of business groups that said the weekly payments were making it difficult to recruit employees.

Critics of ending the payments 10 weeks early said workers had multiple reasons why they might not be returning to jobs.

The court heard arguments Wednesday.