PERDUE: Asking Unemployed To Give Money Back To State Is "Absurd"

Gov. Beverly Perdue is sending a team of technical experts to North Carolina's jobless benefits agency to find out what led to a mistake that overpaid unemployed workers by $28 million and sent them letters asking for the money back.

Perdue said Monday it was absurd that Employment Security Commission leaders asked tens of thousands of jobless people to return money when it was the agency's error. The commission, Perdue and the federal government worked out a plan late last week so the workers can keep the money.

ESC Chairwoman Lynn Holmes has apologized for the problems and said the agency should have communicated better with the public.

Speaking at a flu season news conference, Perdue wouldn't rule out making leadership changes within the commission.

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  • by Jim Location: Raleigh on Oct 15, 2010 at 06:22 PM
    Stop the whining about your taxes. Unemployment is not funded by tax money, it's funded by state run unemployment insurance money paid into an insurance fund by some employers. Only unemployed whose former employers paid the insurance are eligible for unemployment. This excludes all self-employed, and almost all non-profit (501c3) employees as well as many, many other employees of small businesses. The overpayments were very small weekly amounts over almost a year. The recoveries were huge amounts over one or two weeks, leaving unemployed completely penniless for several weeks for a mistake over which they had no control whatsoever and were not able to change, even if they suspected something was wrong. I personally asked three separate times if the amount was slightly too high and was told it was correct and that there was no way to make it different. Without intervention, immediate foreclosures, reposessions and homelessness on a large scale would result.
  • by K Location: High Point on Oct 10, 2010 at 01:01 PM
    I received the letter stating that they overpaid me, and like an honest man I wrote a check and mailed it back to the state. I work now with people that were talking about buying plasma TVs and talking GPS things just before the story broke, and then they fussed, cussed and fumed that they had to give it back. Saying they would loose everything and couldn't afford it. They refused to give it back, while I said nothing. I could barely afford it, but I am not a social paracite, I am honest. I have a temporary job now, it will be a tight time, but it will go by OK. I don't "need" to buy a plasma TV toy and not have a house payment by some one's error. The time was over, it was a mistake. I was lucky to had found a job at all when i did.
  • by what????? Location: gville on Oct 7, 2010 at 12:05 PM
    If these people were overpaid they need to pay it back simple as that. Some might of not even deserved a dime of it. Look at case by case and figure that one out, state has time to send out extra money they have time to do this as far as I am concerned. Looks like Perdue is the Absurd one.
  • by P on Oct 7, 2010 at 03:09 AM
    And yet people lose their jobs because the state doesn't have any money? Whats wrong with this picture? See if the IRS will allow you to keep extra money!
  • by flmechanic Location: washington on Oct 6, 2010 at 09:45 AM
    Take an overpayment from the V.A. and see what happens!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 at 09:10 AM
    Let me see if I understand. If you were underpayed we will send you more money. If you were overpaid you can keep it. What a nice governor spending our tax money.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    so if they overpay someone one dollar or one million dollars it absurb to ask for it back even though they do not deserve it. You can not get anymore stupid than that.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 at 07:40 AM
    clueless , absolutely clueless in raleigh.
  • by wanting to be employed Location: N.C on Oct 6, 2010 at 06:17 AM
    this is a bad situation. alot of peeps are unemployed, looking work, cant find it and still no help..... what bout the ones who were receiving unmployment but wasnt receiving the full amounts...what a shame, guess that monies went to the other a big ole mess and yet the economy is getting better????????????????????????
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 at 06:06 AM
    it is absurd to ask the governor to do her job. and not just let 28 million go because of a state mistake.

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