Opponents Argue Proposed Jobless Compensation Plan Would Not Attract Businesses

Nov 13, 2015

A proposal on benefits for Ohioans who are out of work could be cut by more than half, from a maximum of 26 weeks to 12 weeks. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow talked to a group that calls the plan "unbalanced.”

Republican Representative Barbara Sears says her bill will prepare the state for the next recession and attract more businesses.

But Hannah Halbert of Policy Matters Ohio says keeping workers attached to the labor force through jobless benefits is more appealing to companies.

“That helps them do job searches. That helps them get retrained and gets upskills so they can be prepared to reenter the workforce and stay adaptable and flexible," said Halbert.

Halbert says raising the tax on employers would be a way for the state to find stability with its unemployment compensation funds.

Andy Chow at the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau.