How Much Can Ohio Afford to Pay for Jobless Benefits?
from Laura Bischoff:
Out-of-work Ohioans will now be able to continue to receive unemployment benefits while enrolled full-time in education and training programs, the Strickland administration announced Monday, Dec. 7.
“This policy change will help those Ohioans hardest hit by the recession to obtain job training skills without sacrificing their ability to continue providing for their families,” Gov. Ted Strickland said in a written statement. Now, claimants enrolled in any full-time accredited training program no longer have to declare themselves “able, available and actively seeking” work while they receive benefits, state officials said.
Does Gov. Strickland not know that Ohio borrowed $1,615,000,000 from the federal government to pay out CURRENT unemployment benefits, which must be paid back WITH INTEREST? Reports were coming out in January of this year that the fund was insolvent and the Chamber of Commerce lists Ohio as 1 of the 14 states which had to borrow money for the unemployment fund.
But just like the one-time stimulus money that Gov. Strickland is more than eager to spend, this is just one more effort by Gov. Strickland to grow the state’s spending mandates in a way that voters won’t be sent the bill until after the 2010 election.
Considering our state’s economy and poor financial situation, Ohio needs an expansion in unemployment benefits like it needs a hole in the head.
- Sherrod Brown Should Have Stayed at Yale, Smoking Pot
- Ohio House Democrats Moving at Lightning-Speed to Further Damage Ohio’s Bond Rating
- Think Ohio Democrats Really Care How Expensive Your Health Insurance is? Nope
- Ted Strickland’s Education Funding & Tax Hikes
- Forbes Magazine: Ohio’s “Stupid Debt Tricks”