Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), a member of the Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council, urged Governor Mike DeWine to address compounding problems resulting from Ohio’s antiquated unemployment system. This comes in response to a March 29 letter she sent to DeWine to call attention to these issues and urge him to improve Ohio’s social safety net.
“I am disappointed and disheartened by the volume of calls my office continues to receive from Ohioans who are being pushed further into poverty by the failures of our social safety net,” Sen. Fedor said. “Over the last two years, we have spent over $200 million on system improvements. Yet, claimants continue to experience payment delays, overpayment issues, locked accounts – and, now, tax filing delays.”
Her most recent letter is one of several she has sent to Governor DeWine over the past two years about the many unemployment issues Ohioans have faced throughout the pandemic, including unprocessedoverpayment waivers, payment delays, locked accounts and account takeover issues. She says these issues have yet to be addressed, and are instead creating additional problems for those who have lost their cars and homes after not receiving the compensation they are owed. Senator Fedor also said she has heard from Ohioans who are now experiencing tax filing delays due to receiving the incorrect income documentation, or no documentation at all, from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
“Simply throwing money at the unemployment system without implementing solutions has done nothing to help Ohioans who have been negatively affected by department errors,” Fedor said. “Unfortunately, just because the number of unemployment filings has gone down does not mean those people are now employed – it might mean unemployed Ohioans gave up because our system failed them in our time of need.”
Read the full letter here