Jobless Held Hostage

Jobless Held Hostage

Governor moves to restore jobless benefits, June 3, 2011
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For 48 days GOP state legislators blocked up to 37,000 46,000 North Carolinians from unemployment benefits.
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On April 16, 2011, 37,000 North Carolinians suddenly had their extended unemployment benefits cut off, leaving many with no income at all to live on. The reason? The unemployed workers were thrust in the middle of the state budget fight when GOP members attached a rider to a bill that would have made Gov. Bev Perdue agree to a deeply cut budget in exchange for letting the federally-funded benefits pass through to the 37,000 jobless. Perdue, a Democrat, vetoed the bill saying she would not bow to political ploys that put people’s livelihoods at risk. None of the benefits have been restored. The benefits were finally restored by Gov. Perdue on June 3, 2011 with Executive Order 93

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