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DeWine Accepts White House Proposal On Pandemic Unemployment

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The state is proceeding with President Trump's executive order to offer additional money for people getting unemployment benefits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

But the money is half of what unemployed people were getting before a federal relief measure expired. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.  

The federal government had been paying $600 in additional weekly benefits till late last month.  

Governor Mike DeWine's office said the executive order signed by Trump over the weekend offered two options: pay out $400 a week in additional benefits with $100 coming from the state, or pay $300 in weekly benefits fully funded by the federal government. 

 

DeWine's office says Ohio is moving forward with the $300 option, saying it can implement that program faster.  

 

Providing the additional $100 could cost the state about $60 million a week, a funding source that would need to be found and approved by lawmakers. 

 

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