Skip to comments.NC Gov. Perdue faces deadline on jobless benefits (RAT Bev calls linkage extortion)
Posted on 04/16/2011 10:17:31 AM PDT by Libloather
NC Gov. Perdue faces deadline on jobless benefits
By EMERY P. DALESIO
The Associated Press
Saturday, April 16, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Republican legislators met in a rare weekend session Saturday to force Gov. Beverly Perdue to choose between halting unemployment benefits for about 37,000 long-term jobless workers or accepting a double-digit budget cut.
A handful of General Assembly members met to mark the final step needed to start the clock on a choice Perdue had to make before authorization for the federally funded jobless benefits later Saturday.
Perdue must sign the combined bill Saturday or the federally funded benefits will stop for workers out of work for up to 99 weeks. But poison-pill language added by Republican lawmakers would force the Democratic governor to also accept a 13 percent cut from the spending plan she proposed as a starting point for negotiations over the budget year starting in July.
GOP leaders said they were ensuring that schools, state agencies and contractors know how much state spending they could count on if budget negotiations drag beyond the start of the new budget year.
"We ratified a bill that appropriates about $18 billion (after July) and provides continuity for teachers, state employees and those on unemployment insurance," House Majority Leader Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, said after the four-minute meeting. "If the governor signs it today, there will be no interruption of checks."
Perdue has called the linkage extortion.
"We've got about 37,000 families worried about getting that extension of unemployment these are real people who need milk and bread and the ability to pay their bills," Perdue said in a statement Friday.
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She simply doesn’t get it: if you want to spend more on something and you aren’t getting any more money after you do than before you did, then you have to spend less on something else. It’s called setting priorities, and every adult has to do it.
Thus, I conclude Bev Perdue isn’t an adult and whatever blather she spews is irrelevant. Stay the course, make her make the decision. She can be personally responsible for the stoppage, which would mean she made paying these people the highest priority, or she can refuse to sign and make continuing the other expenditures her higher priority.
Or she can be shown to be a child.
Heavens to Betsy! Can’t let those benefits run out! They may have to go to work!
They can buy more milk and bread and pay more bills if they had jobs. How about working on decreasing hindrances to job creation?
Just this week a friend was telling us about her relative who wouldn’t go out and look for a job because she would “lose her benefits”!