make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Gov. Perdue signs Executive Order to restore federal unemployment benefits for 47,000

READ MORE:

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Bev Perdue is bypassing state lawmakers and clearing the way for the extension of federal unemployment benefits to some 47,000 North Carolinians who were caught in a tug-of-war between the governor and legislators.

Perdue signed an order Friday saying she had asked lawmakers for weeks to remove a provision that tied extending the jobless benefits to the state budget debate.

Perdue says the state doesn't for pay the benefits, so she has the power to extend them as North Carolina's chief executive with the authority to sign contracts with the U.S. Labor Department.

The 47,000 unemployed residents have been without benefits for more than a month.

A spokesman for Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis said Friday the speaker would not be available for comment until an afternoon news conference.

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

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Reply

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
CAPTCHA
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.