Unemployment debt http://wfae.org en 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