Pitt County Woman Fears Losing Unemployment Benefits

Thousands of people across the state could lose their unemployment benefits Saturday. It's up to Governor Beverly Perdue to approve or veto a bill to extend the benefits for 20 more weeks, but Republican leaders have added a plan to force Perdue to accept a 13 percent spending cut from her budget proposal if they can't agree on a plan by July 1st. We spoke to a local woman who fears the losing the only money she has coming in right now.

Precious Hardy of Greenville is one of about 37,000 North Carolinians who could lose her benefits. She says she's been looking for a job for about a year and a half now. With two kids to support, she's hopeful she'll land one soon. In the meantime, she says she relys on her unemployment benefits.

Danny Alston manages the Pitt County Employment Security Commission. He says once someone qualifies for unemployment, he or she can receive up to 4 federal extensions before their benefits run out. He says sometimes there's a fifth level, which triggers on and off based on unemployment rates. He says that 5th level of benefits are the ones that would be cut.

"A lot of people, not just myself, are going through a whole lot. Times are really hard. Right now, the state extensions are putting food on peoples' tables, it's paying peoples' bills, it's putting gas in their cars, so that they can go look for a job,"said Hardy.

Perdue's press secretary says the governor might make a decision on the bill by Saturday afternoon. The house and senate have scheduled rare saturday sessions in case Governor Perdue vetos the bill.

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  • by Steven Location: Char on Apr 17, 2011 at 09:48 AM
    Is there any talk to amend the bill to get it Passed...Like take the 13% out of the equation. Anyway it was just asked to be a Starting point with 13% less and I feel this is a No Brainer for the Gov. because she could Veto the spending cuts then in July. The american in N.C. are being used.... The Money came from the Feds and to me its within there 10 year plan of 6 trillion dollarsNot North Carolina and I to feel North Carolina just committed a crime against there own people....
  • by Jim Location: eastern nc on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:11 PM
    If it took the Democrats 100 years to get us in this mess, seems like to me they did pretty darn good! How about Bush getting us in this mess in 8 years by bankrupting the country. I know, it was because of the wars! Did the Republicans mention scaling back on spending to keep from bankrupting the nation. Nooooooo!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 18, 2011 at 12:41 PM in reply to Jim
      Jim...my my my...yep the democrats are the reason we are in this problem in the first place. Thus, the results of the Nov 2nd election. Pay attention...the republicans only took over the house there genius from Pelosi and the spending machine. Please learn about government, the president cannot santion a war without congress...unless you are Obama who did it on his own. He will own this one, congress and Bush owned the last two. You need to thank democrats for the banking problems and the tarp reform...what they did was criminal.
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      by hayes on Apr 19, 2011 at 06:41 AM in reply to Jim
      Jim I would say that the Obama Administration is spending quite a bit more money than the Bush Administration did. Obama - In 2.2 yrs Increased: $3,678,459,532,079 George Bush -(8yrs): $4,899,100,310,609 When is goverment going to be run like a business and not a charity. People receiving these benefits should have clean criminal records and be held accountable for there situations.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 at 02:21 PM
    the sad truth is both parties dont care about the unemployed if they did this wouldnt be an issue in the first place
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      by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 at 04:55 PM in reply to
      dont think good old bev will have to worry about that re-election
  • by James on Apr 16, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    Bill was vetoed by Bev. Good luck to the people who were actively looking for work.
  • by Saving for a rainy day? Location: Greenville on Apr 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    While I read all these gripes about getting money for nothing(which is what happens when you get unemployment checks for more than you put in), or there are no jobs.... I become dumbfounded. Excuses...excuses. Blame the government, blame the wealthy, blame everyone except yourself. The fact is that, overall, the American worker has become lazy, and feel they should get something for nothing. Is it really a surprise that we ship jobs overseas? A better product made cheaper..... and it's our own fault. Compounding the problem is people do not save. Instead, they spend their money on lottery tickets, or other dumb things that they really don't need, and really can't afford. There are lots of jobs, and if you need the money, lose the ego and get one. Then, learn how to live within your means and things will be fine. Unfortunately, people would rather run up their debt, and then blame others for their money woes.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:34 PM in reply to Saving for a rainy day?
      lazy really since i lost my job my health has decline why because no insurance cant afford medicine so what do you jerks think i should do you have a the ansewers i worked 30 years and this is how americans treat each other
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      by anonymous on Apr 17, 2011 at 06:25 AM in reply to Saving for a rainy day?
      Spoken like a real champ. Yes categorize all Americans in the same category. Good luck with selling that one. Are you sure you're not related to Bush
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        by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2011 at 08:01 AM in reply to anonymous
        sounds like you have alot of hate in you whats the matter let me guess you must have abuse when you were a baby
  • by Precious Hardy Location: Greenville on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    Some people really need to wake up. This is not about ME or why i cant find a job. This is about US and what is happening to OUR jobs. OUR government.If WE dont fight for eachother The next issue might not be unemployment. It might be your kids free lunch or your parents healthcare. I don't like what's happening to America and while I remain less than perfect I also continu to love all my fellow Americans. Whther you are rich or poor, republican or democrat. I have a mother and 2 kids that this money helps take care. And a puppy.. So forgive me for being the wrong person to sway the right things.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 at 11:01 PM in reply to Precious Hardy
      Kids free lunch? I think the least of my worries is my kids lunch money. What is happening to America is too many people living off the government. We need to do like out grandparents did and make do with what we have. They worked and did not get government assistance.
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        by Precious Hardy on Apr 17, 2011 at 06:22 AM in reply to
        but some people do sweetie
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 at 06:12 AM
    When I lost my job many years ago unemplyment was 2 weeks. I worked three part time jobs and didnt expect sympathy. There are crap part time jobs (like I had) out there. They will make you stronger and give you hand out monkeys some sense of humility. By the way while I did those jobs I got a BA then MBA and now a medical degree- AT 40. Improve your lives through hard work !
  • by John Hart on Apr 16, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    When you work a portion of your money is put towards unemployment, it is completely wrong to take away YOUR money that YOU earned when it is rightfully yours. Granted, there are people who abuse the system, but when you have worked and there comes a time where you do need assistance it is only right that you be allowed to access money you worked for.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:35 AM in reply to John Hart
      And who isn't being entitled to those benefits??? The issue is "extentions" beyond the amount you paid in.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 at 10:41 AM in reply to John Hart
      John Hart, You are incorrect. YOUR (employee) money is not withheld & paid in for unemployment taxes, only FICA (social security & medicare). You actually pay nothing for unemployment benefits. Your employER pays this in to the system. Unemployment taxes are paid by employERs, not employEEs. Tax 101
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        by anonymous on Apr 17, 2011 at 11:52 AM in reply to
        If you don't work, your employer doesn't pay unemployment taxes.If it's paid it's paid. Give people what is theirs.
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          by Dats Rite on Apr 20, 2011 at 02:47 PM in reply to anonymous
          Unemployment Benefits is not WELFARE!! Some people are so intelligent!!
  • by william Location: washington on Apr 16, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    As long as you pay people to stay home and do nothing they will benefits should start off strong and decrease weekly i am sorry people lose jobs but dont hold out for management teenagers get jobs everyday who thee heck cant find something for a year and a half if you dont work and get benefits you should work 8 hours a day looking for a job in order to get benefits i have worked for 21 years and i should not have to pay for others to sit home i dont like my job a lot of the time get a life and work like everyone else
  • by jeff Location: winterville on Apr 16, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    I didn't think about checking out the ncdoc web site. The name is definitely there. Unfortunately there are many that need the benefits with clean records.
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      by anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:37 AM in reply to jeff
      does it matter if u have a clean record or not. people with records have a much harder time of finding a job. should they be able to recieve benefits they've worked for
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