Republicans Seek Changes to Unemployment in North Carolina

Democrats have taken aim at a Republican bill that would drastically overhaul the state's unemployment system, resulting in the loss of $225 million to the state's unemployed in the first six months.
February 1, 2013

Democrats have taken aim at a Republican bill that would drastically overhaul the state's unemployment system, resulting in the loss of $225 million to the state's unemployed in the first six months.

The bill is designed to accelerate repayment of the state’s $2.57 billion debt to the federal government, money that was borrowed to cover the first 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. The state typically pays for those weeks but was unable to do so after unemployment soared during the recession. The state is still borrowing about $25 million a week to cover those benefits.

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