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State Files Appeal With Ohio Supreme Court Over $300 PUA Checks

The state has filed an appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court in the case over its decision to end the extra $300 a week in additional unemployment benefits in late June. It's the latest step in the fight over the federal money issued as extra help during the pandemic. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Attorney General Dave Yost is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reverse a decision from the 10th district court of appeals, which ruled a Franklin County judge must give the case further review.

The state argues that Gov. Mike DeWine had the legal right to stop accepting the federal funds for the program, which he said was important to help unemployed Ohioans during the pandemic last year.

But in ending those checks, DeWine said the COVID-19 vaccine and other protective measures make it safe for people to return to work. 

The group led by former AG Marc Dann is fighting to bring back the assistance, and says some 200,000 Ohioans could potentially benefit, and many desperately need the money.

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