WITN  | Greenville, NC  | News, Weather, Sports

State Senate Considering Unemployment Benefit Cuts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It looks like the state Senate has no plans to slow down a proposal that attempts to solve North Carolina's unemployment debt problem more quickly through higher taxes and cuts to jobless worker benefits.

The Senate Finance Committee was expected Wednesday to consider a House bill approved Tuesday that accelerates payment of $2.6 billion owed the federal government and gives the state a $2 billion-plus cushion for future jobless claims.

The measure would cut maximum weekly benefits by one-third to $350 and reduce the maximum number of benefit weeks. Worker advocates have been unsuccessful to date to delay the proposal and lessen its blow upon the unemployed.

Senate committee co-chairman Bob Rucho says the bill could reach the Senate floor later this week. Gov. Pat McCrory supports the bill, too.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WITN

275 E. Arlington Blvd. Greenville, NC 27858 252-439-7777
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 189988021