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McCrory signs unemployment bill into law

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law changes to North Carolina's unemployment insurance system that supporters say will put the plan on firmer footing.

Critics say the changes will devastate the jobless with decreased benefits or none at all.

The Republican governor signed the bill Tuesday morning in his office as several legislators watched. The media was not invited to the signing.

The measure would repay more quickly $2.5 billion owed the federal government for jobless benefits by cutting maximum weekly jobless payments by one-third and raising business taxes. Federal emergency jobless benefits also will stop July 1, when the bill takes effect.

McCrory says the bill will protect small businesses from continued over-taxation and preserve the unemployment safety net.

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What we should do

Okay well we all know the governor and cabinet are fattening their pockets and the bill is signed. But I have a plan to fix everybodys problems. Since you the Republican party got your bill.
I believe since we're in at will state we need stiff penalties on businesses who lie in unemployment cases to deter companies from believing they can fire or layoff individuals without justification and documentation. Also it would help stop the back log on unemployment cases. This would keep the company's honest in the determination of terminating an individual. My first thought is penalty of a double of wages if company is ruled against in a appeal case. Also the time frame of unemployment is way to long for the average joe to stay the time limit had to condensed back to 4-5 weeks for scheduled appeal hearings. One more note If the employer is caught giving false statements to hold back unemployment benefits their needs to be some type of jail time imposed. This keeps every body honest since those type of punishments are deemed fit for the employees.

Well THAT'S interesting

From the 'Star News updated article todays:
"DAK has been working with other state officials, including a meeting Monday with the office of Gov. Pat McCrory, Lane said."

and from this article:
"The Republican governor signed the bill Tuesday morning in his office as several legislators watched. The media was not invited to the signing."

No press was invited.
So McCrory KNEW on Monday that DAK might close.
And SHAFTED the employees on Tuesday.
God bless him - I hope they find someone to move into that plant

Vog