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Bill Changing Unemployment Fund Stalled At Statehouse

A bill to change what employers pay and what benefits workers get out of the state's unemployment compensation fund seems to be stalled at the Statehouse. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate have gone back and forth on the bill. A
legislative review of the latest proposal found that it would increase employer
taxes by just under 2%, but it would decrease worker benefits by more than 17%.
The bill was expected to get a vote out of committee but at the last minute it was
pulled. Here's Republican Committee Chair Louis Blessing III.
Blessing: "House Bill 620 has been taken off the agenda today and will not appear
for the rest of the week so for those of you who are opponents Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year."
That comment seems to suggest the end for the bill which many leaders wanted to pass
before the end of lame duck session. However, the Senate version is still scheduled
for a committee hearing.

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