Judge refuses to reinstate $300 federal unemployment in Ohio
An Ohio judge ruled the state will not reinstate the extra $300 in additional federal pandemic unemployment payments that Gov. Mike DeWine ended early.
Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Holbrook rejected the attempt Thursday.
The ruling stated that the governor did in fact have the power to cut the payments off before Labor Day.
"The court is aware of, and sympathetic to, the thousands of Ohioans without work and in desperate need of any assistance available," Holbrook said in the ruling.,
Congress approved the additional $300 per week in unemployment benefits to help struggling Americans during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The benefits are set to expire on a federal level after Labor Day, but several state governors have cut them off early.
DeWine stopped the payments on June 26, saying that Ohioans needed to get back into the workforce.
However, former Ohio Attorney General and Valley native, Marc Dann, filed a lawsuit over the halted benefits, saying Gov. DeWine didn't have the authority to stop them.
Gov. DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said in a statement, said they were pleased with the court's decision.
You can read the full ruling below: