Conservative Policy Group Throws Support Behind Unemployment Compensation Bill

Jan 18, 2016

The bill that makes changes in Ohio’s unemployment compensation system has another committee hearing this week and could soon get a vote. 

The bill is touted as a way to bring the state’s unemployment insurance fund to solvency but cuts benefits to jobless workers.

Renew Ohio, a new-to-the-scene, conservative-leaning policy group, is strongly backing the changes. Executive Director Mike McGuire says it overhauls a flawed system and helps the state avoid massive federal debt in the future.

“So I’d say to someone who is looking at this bill and saying ‘man, why should I support this bill if I’m unemployed’ is that we want to help you find a new job. We want to make sure the system is there to protect people while they look for a new job,” said McGuire.

Opponents say this bill delivers a big blow to unemployment benefits.

The state is still paying off a $770 million debt it owes the federal government after borrowing money for its unemployment fund during the recession.