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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina residents who just lost unemployment benefits are protesting a political faceoff that halted extended help for 37,000 jobless.

Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed legislation over the weekend that would have kept checks flowing but only if she accepted a double-digit budget cut that Republican leaders wanted.

Several of the affected jobless workers will be in Raleigh on Tuesday to protest the political jousting. They’ll be joined by a labor union officer of North Carolina’s AFL-CIO.

Jobless workers whose payments are stopped could recover the money later if legislators and Perdue agree to change the eligibility formula.

GOP leaders said they combined the two issues to ensure that schools know how much state spending they could count on if budget negotiations drag beyond the start of the new budget year.

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

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