7:21 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Emergency Unemployment Could Be Cut Off For 40,000 Ohioans

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) spoke about unemployment insurance in Dayton last week.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The U.S. Congress is on its way to a budget deal a couple weeks ahead of the January 1, 2014 deadline, but the deal doesn’t include extending emergency unemployment benefits. That means around 40,000 Ohioans could see their payments end this month.

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8:35 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Advocates Blast Report That Says Welfare May Be Too Generous

A report out this morning from a conservative think tank says welfare benefits are so generous that they’re keeping recipients from seeking out work. But advocates are blasting that as unfair, incomplete and wrong.

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Statewide News
12:51 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Ohio Welfare Rolls See 18 Percent Drop

Ohio's welfare rolls have seen an 18 percent drop over the past year, largely due to recipients booted from the program for failing to work or get job training.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Monday that 36 percent of the drop is attributed to failure to meet work requirements. Other reasons include paperwork errors, income increases or time limits.

Statewide News
4:45 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Ohio Goes Back Years To Recover Welfare Overpayments

Thousands of Ohio welfare recipients who were overpaid more than 10 years ago are being informed that they will have to repay that money to the state.

The overpayments are not the result of fraud, and most resulted from administrative errors by government workers, The Columbus Dispatch (reported Wednesday. An example would be a welfare recipient who might have reported a change in income to his caseworker that would have reduced the benefit, but that information wasn't logged before the monthly check was mailed, the newspaper reported.

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Statewide News
8:58 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Ohio may have to pay millions in penalties b/c too few welfare recipients are working

Ohio may have to pay millions in penalties to the federal government because not enough people on welfare are working at a job or trying to get one. The state has been fined for the last three years because less than a quarter of Ohio’s welfare recipients are working, are volunteering as preparation for work or are in job training programs.

The federal government requires half of recipients be enrolled in work participation.

Ben Johnson at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says his agency is confident the situation can be corrected.  

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