It is something supported by the leadership of TAC Industries, as a number of those who manufacture the cargo nets receive assistance from the SSI program.
Jim Zahora, TAC Industries’ CEO, said reform of the SSI program has long been overdue and that it will help a lot of people.
Brown said Friday that how the SSI program is administered punishes those who receive assistance from it for working additional hours, saving for the future and being married.
Brown said those actions can have an effect on the amount of SSI assistance people receive, which is not enough for some. The common allocation is on average $550 a month, and that the allotment has not been adjusted for inflation in more than two decades. Other parts of the SSI program that haven’t been updated since the 1980s include who is eligible and the benefit levels.
Brown said there are caps on how many hours can be worked, or from acquiring additional work as well as how much money can be saved. He said that for many with disabilities, limited assistance can add more pressure in their day-to-day lives.
He said that updating the SSI program would help improve the lives of older and disabled Ohioans and offer relief to their caretakers.
“I want to encourage prosperity. Let people earn what they can, save what they can,” Brown said.