Ohio Supreme Court dismisses case on whether DeWine could stop unemployment

  • DeWine halted additional federal unemployment benefits, citing concerns from companies struggling to fill jobs.
  • At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress approved an additional $600 a week in unemployment benefits
  • Ohio prosecutors are calling the verdict “a victory for the state.”

The Ohio Supreme Court unanimously dismissed a case over whether Gov. Mike DeWine had the authority to cut an additional $300 a week in federal unemployment benefits.

The one-sentence decision dismissed the case as “contentious.” Without a court order requiring the federal government to withhold those additional unemployment benefits, it was not clear if the money still existed.

“Because the case has been declared adversarial, the case is closed,” said Bethany McCorkle, a spokeswoman for Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. “No lower court has granted exoneration to the challengers, and now no court can. This is a victory for the state.”

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress approved an additional $600 a week in unemployment benefits. This sum was later reduced to $300 per week in December 2020.

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