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State senator pushes federal shared-work program
State Sen. Bob Peterson says it would employ Ohioans in tough economic times

Jo Ingles
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A Republican state senator wants Ohio to take advantage of a federal program that he says would help employ Ohioans. Senator Bob Peterson points to a trucking company in his southern Ohio district whose business ebbs and flows with the economy. And he says a federal shared-work program could help that company, and others, create jobs.

"So rather than lay people off, they’d agree to reduce the hours from a 40-hour week to a 30-hour week. The company would pay the employee for the hours they worked and the difference would be made up by the Department of Job and Family Services through a federal program that funds it.”
State senator pushes federal shared-work program

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Peterson is co-sponsoring a bill to take advantage of the federal money, saying that 25 other states have similar programs in place. He adds that it would provide a temporary fix for Ohio employers and employees during tough economic times, but the long-term goal is job creation.
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