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Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The political standoff keeping 42,000 long-term jobless workers from their extended unemployment benefits may be loosening.

Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County said Friday legislation next week would reinstate benefits for those jobless up to 99 weeks. Tillis tells The Associated Press that Republicans are willing to compromise on their initial position linking the benefits to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue accepting a double-digit spending cut.

Perdue and other Democrats say the two issues are unrelated and Republicans are holding the unemployed hostage.

Republican Senate leader Phil Berger says the benefits will be in the Senate’s budget proposal next week.

Tillis says thousands of state jobs are in the balance if the two sides can’t agree now on the form a budget will take in July.

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

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  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    ….our big, brave Republicans CAVED on yet another issue.

    Purdue eats your lunch, GIRLS!

  • needs benefits I earned

    I am one of the 42,000+ people that had my benefits cut. I paid into these benefits and hope and pray they get reinstated as I cannot find work. The Republicans should not have attached an unrelated issue to this unemployment bill. Please Gov. Perdue…reinstate our benefits!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Backbones as firm as overcooked linguine.

    Say what you will about the hag, she spanks you at every turn.

  • jan patton

    I take it you have a job???

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    The Republicans are now totally on-board with endless benefits to purchase votes, just as the Democrats have always done.

  • Guest78

    This is a twist,they usually lie to the people or trick them (not that hard of a feat to replubican voters) to get their votes before elections.This is kind of early.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    You probably had to abbreviate it because you can’t spell Republicans.

    They may be weak sisters when it comes to politics, but trust me – they can’t finish on the same lap with Democrats when it comes to lying.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    …and if I lost it tomorrow, I would survive quite well. I plan.

    Let’s see if you’ll answer the question for us, the question that everyone else avoids: Exactly how long should the government support you when you lose your job?

    A) 13 weeks
    B) 26 weeks
    C) 99 weeks
    D) 5 years
    E) The rest of your life

    How did our parents and grandparents survive the great depression when there WAS no unemployment insurance (for the first half) or direct government cash aid?

  • Maggie

    This is in answer to the question, “How did our parents and grandparents survive the Great Depression?” Not very well. My grandfather had a city job and lost it. As you can ascertain, they were not wealthy. He could not find work in this area during that period. They lost their house, the seven girls were split up amongst family and friends who weren’t much better off but had farms, my grandmother left the area out of shame and remorse and my grandfather’s spirit was broken. He was not an educated man but worked hard enough and smart enough to be hired by the city, but with the depression he was let go. The family never lived together again as a group. Later my grandfather was employed by the fire department. My aunts and my mother tell stories of never having enough to eat, stressed about having items for personal hygiene, and none of them had more than a high school education except one aunt who became a minister. They had to go to work at 14 or 15. (Public school was only 11 years at that time). All of them lacked the love of their real family members. My dad’s grandfather had a self-sufficient farm and they helped others who were without work. Unfortunately, they didn’t know my mom and her family then. Maybe they could have stayed together as a family if they had had help from the government, however, at that time the government needed help. Almost all of them have gone on to the Lord and can’t see their grandchildren who have college educations and through no fault of their own are unemployed. As for your preparing….there are lots of factors that make or break a family. I hope you never face any of them.


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