Jobless Benefits Tied to Budget Fight
Republican and Democratic leaders are playing hard-ball with the state budget. And extended unemployment benefits seem to be the latest pawn.
Republicans are tying additional unemployment benefits for 37-thousand people to a provision that would have state government operate at lower funding levels if a budget is not approved by June 30th. Governor Bev Perdue calls the legislation “extortion.” House Speaker Thom Tillis.
Thom Tillis: "Ideally what she’ll do is take seriously our budget proposal which will come to her the first week of June and sign it."
The Republican-sponsored bill includes language saying state government would operate for up to a year at 87-percent of Perdue’s proposed budget if a deal isn’t reached in time. The legislation has moved quickly through the house and senate. The state’s extended unemployment benefits program ends Saturday.