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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Advocates for the unemployed are calling on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to live for one week on the maximum weekly unemployment benefit of $350 that lawmakers are considering.

They held a news conference Monday, challenging McCrory and legislators “to literally put their money where their mouth is” and survive for one week on $350.

Kevin Rogers of Action NC says the proposed cut to unemployment benefits contrasts sharply with McCrory’s raises to Cabinet secretaries. McCrory told The News & Observer of Raleigh that he gave the raises of a combined 8 percent so the Cabinet leaders “can afford to live.”

A House committee meets Thursday to discuss decreasing the maximum unemployment benefit from about $535 weekly.

A McCrory spokeswoman said she would have a response to the challenge later.

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3 Comments on "Group: McCrory should try to live on $350 a week"

2015 years 10 months ago

Here’s a column from Harry Payne former NC Labor Commissioner:


Harry makes a case for the unemployed but then contradicts himself (I think):

” Vote against any unemployment insurance bill that cuts off any federal benefits appropriated for North Carolina workers, which does not add to North Carolina’s debt.”

Then follows it up with:

” Vote against the measure that uses temporary debt as an excuse to permanently gut a system which has allowed family and community economic stability.”

I LIKE MR. Payne and I wish he would respond to my comments in the star news article.
But I will say this. They have 2 years (possibly more if the Fed Gov delays the pay back date) McCrory wants to pay it back in 1 year.
So I say this – pay it back in 2 years to give YOUR policies a chance to CREATE the jobs you CLAIM they’ll create so as to reduce the unemployment rate.
My guess is that McCroy’s tax policies won’t create the jobs necessary to reduce unemployment so why punish worker’s for a filed economic policy?



2015 years 10 months ago

who works for a living be required to lower their standard of living just to appease the long term unemployed?

I agree his decision to increase salaries for the Council of State members was not the wisest move politically.

But if you work for a living, and this Governor does work, he should not be required to suffer just for the sake of appeasement.

2015 years 10 months ago

Unemployment benefits do not come from tax payers but from employees and employers. The federal govt and states administer the program. It is because some employees are laid off unvoluntarily. They went to work everyday and through no fault of their own they were fired or layed off. They have to consistently look for other jobs inorder to recieve these benefits. But that may take time. Cutting unemployment only benefits corporations not individuals or taxpayers. We will pay more in costs in welfare, and crime will increase. The governor is looking out for the rich corporations and not taxpayers.


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