Ohio high court to weigh end of $300 weekly unemployment payment


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether Gov. Mike DeWine had the legal ability 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.

DeWine, a Republican, followed the position of business groups that said the weekly payment was making it difficult to recruit employees.

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

The state stopped the payments June 26, 10 weeks before the federal government ended the program.

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