Governor McCrory Says Photo ID Will Curb Fraud, Save Money

Governor Pat McCrory announced Monday he wants it required by law to show photo identification when applying for jobless benefits in North Carolina.

WITN caught up with the governor in the east on Tuesday to learn more.

"We had some examples of people using other people's ID, or using other people's names and identities, to get unemployment compensation," explained McCrory. "That takes away from people who really need it."

The Division of Employment Security has already been asking for photo identification in recent months as a way to curb fraud. On Tuesday, McCrory said he believes the extra precaution would save taxpayers money.

People like Gina Long, who have used unemployment benefits, told WITN they don't like the idea.

"It's just adding to an already stressful situation if you now have to turn around and get your photo ID," said Long.

The governor hopes the General Assembly will pass such a law. The General Assembly reconvenes on Wednesday.

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Gov. Pat McCrory says the unemployed should be required to show photo identification in person to receive North Carolina jobless benefits.

The governor said Monday he wants the General Assembly this year to pass a law requiring an applicant to present photo ID as part of the benefit process. The Division of Employment Security already has been asking for the ID in recent months as a way to curb fraud. McCrory says he wants a state law to back up that requirement.

Division chief Dale Folwell says most young people already are required to show a photo ID to their employer when they start their job.

McCrory and Folwell also want the legislature to tweak the work search requirements for the unemployed. The General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday.

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