COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after legislators agreed to scrap a GOP unemployment compensation plan (SB 374 and HB 620). In the meantime, legislators and labor leaders agreed to a stopgap plan with the goal of reaching a final agreement by April 1st. 

“It’s abundantly clear that the proposed changes to Ohio’s Unemployment Compensation Fund were not fair to working families who depend on the benefits during difficult times.  A fiscal analysis by the Legislative Service Commission showed the burden for bringing the fund to solvency would fall 83% on workers and just 17% on businesses. 

"A fair deal requires a balanced approach where business and labor have an equal voice at the bargaining table. Thankfully all sides have agreed to drop the current plan and continue negotiating on a long–term solution that protects unemployment benefits for the future.”

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