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Gov. Perdue to veto jobless benefits, cuts

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Bev Perdue is vetoing legislation that would keep unemployment benefits flowing for about 37,000 long-term jobless workers but also force her to accept a double-digit budget cut.

Perdue's office said Saturday she will veto the bill. House members met hours earlier to force her into a choice on the same day authorization for the jobless benefits runs out. Legislation extending the federally funded benefits for workers out of work for up to 99 weeks included language forcing the Democratic governor to also accept a 13 percent cut as a starting point for negotiations over the next budget year.

Republican legislative leaders said they were ensuring schools and state agencies can count on funding if negotiations drag into the new budget year starting in July.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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As a 74 year old senior who

As a 74 year old senior who has been just cut from benefits,I will still support our Gov.I am very upsetthat the idiot legislators who forced her to veto this bill dont seem to care about children starving and more people going homeless has a result of thier bigger agenda. The welfare system cant help these parents and I sincerly hope that this part of the UIB benefits is seperated from the bigger bill and that people will contine to receive their hard earned benefits. What part of this "does not cost the taxpayers anything", dont people understand? We will rememeber this at election time.

Doesn't cost the taxpayers anything?????

Where do you think the money comes from, since government doesn't have any money except that which it takes from taxpayers?

The tooth fairy? Wake up call! Employers ARE taxpayers and they can't afford to keep "unemployment for life" funded.

You're seventy-four and if you aren't in a position to live out your life on your savings and Social Security and are looking for someone to blame, you need go no further than the nearest mirror.