How the Ohio BWC is Hurting Small Businesses

business (3)News about the Bureau of Workers Compensation and the illegal practices against small business, the cost to Ohio workers and the state as a whole is nothing short of abhorrent.  How many small businesses have scraped by or gone under because of the high rates imposed by the BWC? Small business with less capital are  at the mercy of these institutions, and the rates that have been historically and inexplicably high have certainly put a burden to the small business owner. Read more about this topic by following the links below.

BWC is hurting small businesses

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is hurting the majority of job creators in Ohio — the small business owner, like me. It overcharged me and Ohio’s other small business owner so it could give a few businesses, usually the larger companies, huge price breaks on their worker’s compensation coverage premiums. A court has ruled that the BWC overcharged me — to the tune of several hundred dollars a year, and the majority of other small business owners illegally. It is sitting on an $8 billion (that’s right billion with a “b”), but refuses to pay the judgment against it; even after losing the frivolous appeal it filed to try to overtune the judgment against it in favor of the small business owners it overcharged.

It’s time for the BWC to do the right thing, take responsibility, and pay the judgment against it in favor of the small business owners it overcharged. And every day the BWC refuses to honor its obligation, it is costing Ohio $2.3 million dollars a month. It’s time for the BWC to meet its responsibility to pay its obligation to the roughly 270,000 employers who struggled to pay the Bureau’s illegally inflated premiums when paid and who continue to thwart the same roughly 270,000 employers from investing on the future of Ohio’s economic comeback.

Ohio Senate approves bill to expand income, business tax cuts

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Senate on Wednesday approved one-year expansions of state income and small-business tax cuts, as well as raising tax credits and exemptions for poorer Ohioans.

The Republican-sponsored measures in House Bill 483, which passed the Senate, 24-8, come as a result of higher revenues and lower state spending than expected.

Under the revised budget review bill, a 9-percent income tax cut previously approved for this year would be increased to a 10-percent cut. The move would save taxpayers an additional $94 million this year, according to state Sen. Scott Oelslager, a North Canton Republican.

Another change would give businesses making $250,000 or less a 75-percent business tax deduction for 2014, up from a 50-percent deduction in current law. That would mean $225 million in savings, Oelslager said.

System works against small businesses

For many years, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has favored some businesses and charged more for others (“Appeals court: Ohio businesses were overbilled,” Dispatch article, May 17). This ends up making the small mom-and-pop shops that employ many Ohioans the bearers of undue burdens.
Many of us go out of business due to these unfair practices.

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has lost its case in court, and again lost its appeal. It’s time for Ohio small businesses to get what is lawfully theirs.

We are Ohio. The bureau is here to serve us, not themselves.

Anderson Computer Consulting

Regulators close small lender in Ohio

WASHINGTON — Regulators have closed a small lender in Ohio, marking the eighth U.S. bank failure of 2014 after 24 closures last year.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday that it has taken over Cincinnati-based Columbia Savings Bank.
The lender, which operated a single branch, had about $36.5 million in assets and $29.5 million in deposits as of March 31.
United Fidelity Bank, based in Evansville, Indiana, has agreed to assume Columbia Savings’ deposits and to buy essentially all of the failed bank’s assets. Columbia Savings’ failure is expected to cost the deposit insurance fund $5.3 million.
U.S. bank failures have been declining since they peaked in 2010 in the wake of the financial crisis and the Great Recession.
Only three banks went under in 2007. That jumped to 25 in 2008, after the financial meltdown, and ballooned to 140 in 2009.
In 2010, regulators seized 157 banks, the most in any year since the savings and loan crisis two decades ago. The FDIC has said 2010 likely was the high-water mark for bank failures from the recession. They declined to 92 in 2011 and fell to 51 in 2012.