Gov. John Kasich is defending a decision by the Bureau of Workers Compensation to fight paying back hundreds of millions of dollars in overcharges to small businesses.
Last Friday, Ohio’s BWC decided again to fight court orders to pay back more than 250,000 small businesses hundreds of millions of dollars in overcharges.
The BWC is appealing to the Ohio Supreme Court even though officials already admitted to consistently overcharging those businesses for two decades.
NBC4‘s Duane Pohlman asked Kasich Monday if he agreed with the appeal and fighting the payback.
“The answer to that is yes. We’ve changed the system. The system is not what it was. So we’ll see where it goes from here. But I really can’t comment on litigation,” Kasich said.
Pohlman: “Does it run counter to your business message?”
Kasich: “To what business message?”
Pohlman: “Well, you have businesses harmed.”
Kasich: “Well, look, the fact is in the past, I didn’t like what the rates were. We’ve changed those rates, OK? In the process, the question is who should set rates? The bureau has to set rates. It can’t just flip a coin up in the air. There have been improvements made to the system.”
There have been big improvements to the system, but as Kasich is aware, those improvements came after many years of overcharges that sunk thousands of business owners in a system that an appeals court said was rigged by lobbyists and bureaucrats.
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