Cut unemployment benefits http://wfae.org en U.S. Senate Bill Singles Out N.C. Unemployed http://wfae.org/post/us-senate-bill-singles-out-nc-unemployed <p>Later today, the US Senate is expected to vote on extending long term unemployment benefits.&nbsp; If passed, the bill will move to the House of Representatives. And if it becomes law, it would affect North Carolina more than any other state.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Tom Bullock 48371 at http://wfae.org U.S. Senate Bill Singles Out N.C. Unemployed NC Cuts Unemployment Benefits, Pays Down Federal Debt http://wfae.org/post/nc-cuts-unemployment-benefits-pays-down-federal-debt <p>North Carolina is on pace to pay back its huge debt to the federal government for unemployment insurance by the end of next year. That's largely because the state slashed unemployment benefits.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:40:14 +0000 Michael Tomsic 48284 at http://wfae.org NC Cuts Unemployment Benefits, Pays Down Federal Debt Food Stamp Cuts Are Latest Problem For NC Families, Food Pantries http://wfae.org/post/food-stamp-cuts-are-latest-problem-nc-families-food-pantries <p>Almost <a href="http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/stats/docs/FNSIN/FNSIN09-13.pdf" target="_blank">151,000</a> low-income people in Mecklenburg County will have less money for food this month.</p><p>That's because of federal cuts to the food stamp program that took effect this month. In North Carolina, those cuts follow state changes in the past year that already had food pantries scrambling to meet increasing demand.</p><p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:15:38 +0000 Michael Tomsic 39283 at http://wfae.org Food Stamp Cuts Are Latest Problem For NC Families, Food Pantries N.C. About To Slash Unemployment Benefits, Raise Taxes http://wfae.org/post/nc-about-slash-unemployment-benefits-raise-taxes <p>A bill to drastically cut unemployment benefits and slightly raise business taxes has cleared its last major hurdle in North Carolina. Republicans behind it say it's going to be painful, but it's necessary to pay back the <a href="http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/budget.asp#tfloans" target="_blank">$2.5 billion </a>the state owes the federal government for help paying unemployment insurance.</p><p><strong>How did the state build up such a massive debt?</strong></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:50:39 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Mark Rumsey 21293 at http://wfae.org N.C. About To Slash Unemployment Benefits, Raise Taxes Unemployment Bill On Path To Easy Passage http://wfae.org/post/unemployment-bill-path-easy-passage <p>RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Republican effort to overhaul North Carolina's unemployment system and speed up repayment of $2.5 billion owed to the federal government cleared a House panel Thursday, despite Democratic and worker advocate complaints the proposal was skewed against the jobless.</p><p>The measure, influenced heavily by the state's business industry and supported publicly by new Gov. Pat McCrory later Thursday, passed along party lines after the House Finance Committee turned back Democratic amendments that sought to ease proposed cuts in jobless benefits for future recipients.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:40:57 +0000 Gary Robertson/The Associated Press 20582 at http://wfae.org Gov. McCrory Wants To Sign Unemployment Insurance Changes Into Law http://wfae.org/post/gov-mccrory-wants-sign-unemployment-insurance-changes-law <p>Governor Pat&nbsp;McCrory&nbsp;said one of the first bills he plans to sign into law will overhaul the state’s unemployment insurance system.&nbsp;McCrory&nbsp;is in favor of a Republican legislative plan that cuts benefits and raises taxes on some businesses.</p><p>When the economy tanked, North Carolina’s unemployment insurance system got way out of balance. Businesses fund it, and they weren’t putting enough in to cover the massive demand for benefits as unemployment soared. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:28:23 +0000 Michael Tomsic 19160 at http://wfae.org Gov. McCrory Wants To Sign Unemployment Insurance Changes Into Law N.C. Legislative Committee Approves Changes To Unemployment Insurance http://wfae.org/post/nc-legislative-committee-approves-changes-unemployment-insurance <p>A North Carolina legislative committee approved a plan Tuesday to cut unemployment benefits and raise taxes on some businesses. Republicans behind the plan say those are necessary steps to pay back more than $2.5 billion the state owes the federal government.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 20:30:34 +0000 Michael Tomsic 19064 at http://wfae.org N.C. Legislative Committee Approves Changes To Unemployment Insurance