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Gov. Kasich proposes billion dollar BWC rebate
Kasich says the cash rebates would come from a billion dollars being distributed across the state

Karen Kasler
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Though his small business tax cut was stripped from the House and Senate versions of the budget, Gov. John Kasich is still trying to get more money to employers. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

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More than 200,000 Ohio employers -- large and small -- will be getting checks – large and small – from the Bureau of Workers Compensation, the state’s insurance fund for injured workers. Gov. Kasich says the rebates will run from about $5 to several million dollars.

“I would call this one of the most significant economic stimulus measures that you can see. We are actually going to do cash rebates so we will take a billion dollars and we will distribute it across the state.”

Kasich says the money comes from cost savings at the workers' comp offices and good management of the fund, which saw an 11 percent return on investment last year. But Democratic lawmakers are concerned about a judgment from a Cuyahoga County judge in March, awarding $860 million in repayments of overcharges to 270,000 employers. Tom Letson is a state representative from Warren.

“If we were going to appeal that and post a bond; bonds are supposed to be twice what the judgment is. I don’t think we have the money to do that at the moment.”

And Letson says it’s “troubling” that Kasich is doing as other Republican governors have done in ordering cash rebates using BWC funds immediately before an election year.

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