Published On: Fri, Jul 30th, 2021

Ohio Judge Rejects Bid to Reinstate $300 Federal Jobless Benefit

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An Ohio judge on Thursday rejected a bid to reinstate the $300 supplemental federal pandemic jobless benefit that the state’s governor blamed for sidelining workers and decided to end early. Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Holbrook on Thursday ruled against an effort by several Ohio plaintiffs to force the payout of the extra federal unemployment benefit, known as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. In the ruling (pdf), Holbrook said his decision to deny plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction was “not one that can be taken lightly” but that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine acted within his authority when he opted out of the FPUC ahead of its scheduled lapse in September. “The court is aware of, and sympathetic to, the thousands of Ohioans without work and in desperate need of any assistance available,” Holbrook wrote, but “the court simply cannot legislate from the …

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