“We were never able to get an answer as to how much this would cost in the long run,” he told reporters after session. “The question became: if we take $176 million now, how much will be obligated to pay out for the next 10, 20, 30 years? And no one could answer that question, so we chose to pass.”It really begs the question: whom did he ask? Innovation Ohio obtained a 2009 memo from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services that showed by phasing-in two of the four policy changes (minimum dependent payments and 26 weeks of training), the state could actually save money in the long run. So if cost is not the real issue, we have to wonder: is this really part of an anti-worker, anti-middle class agenda, consistent with other policies we have seen from this General Assembly and Administration? More money for unemployed Ohioans, and savings for Ohio’s Unemployment system. It’s really a no-brainer.
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