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Group: McCrory should try to live on $350 a week

Posted January 28, 2013

— Community leaders and advocates for the unemployed are calling on Gov. Pat McCrory to live for one week on the maximum employment benefit of $350 weekly that lawmakers are considering.

Kevin Rogers, policy director for Action NC, which is sponsoring the challenge, says McCrory doesn't understand what it's like to live on so little money.

"Two weeks ago, Governor McCrory gave his cabinet secretaries huge pay raises - quote - so they could afford to live," said Rogers. "Governor McCrory, if your cabinet secretaries can’t afford to live on more than $120,000 a year, how the heck are the rest of us supposed to live on $15,000 a year?" 

"On behalf of the more than 400,000 people currently unemployed, we dare him to make the same sacrifice for one week that he's asking the rest of us to make until he can turn this economy around," Rogers said.

A McCrory administration official, speaking on background, dismissed the challenge as a political stunt and refused to say whether the governor would consider accepting it.

A House committee will consider decreasing the maximum unemployment benefit by about a third, from about $535 weekly to $350. Other proposed changes would cut the number of weeks people could receive benefits and would raise the unemployment insurance charges for employers.

Rep. Julia Howard says the proposal would take effect in July. The starting date is important because the federal law averting the fiscal cliff this month gave states federally paid emergency benefits for another year if benefit rules were not changed.

The McCrory official said the governor supports the July start date, even though it would cut off federal long-term jobless benefits to an estimated 80,000 people in North Carolina.

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  • OncomingStorm Feb 6, 9:22 a.m.

    How about $14,400/year, without health benefits or a car, just as I do? Try living on that and see how you feel about the poor...

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Jan 31, 11:31 a.m.

    Lets pay 700 a week...and drug test

  • goldenosprey Jan 30, 4:40 p.m.

    "if someone who doesn't have a job claims they can't live on $350 a week how will someone who does, and an important one for that matter?"-bob d

    That was the point, bob. Not to see the gov dine on Ramen noodles, but to illustrate that $350/week is inadequate. Also he should only get THAT for 12-20 weeks then his staff can hold homemade cardboard signs at off ramps for him.

  • bob d Jan 30, 3:39 p.m.

    why would the governor try to live on $350 a week? he has a job, being governor, and taking care of his state so that the right policies are in place to bring industry here. this is the stupidest thing i have ever read. if someone who doesn't have a job claims they can't live on $350 a week how will someone who does, and an important one for that matter?

  • goldenosprey Jan 30, 3:01 p.m.

    "Hey I think someone getting $350 free money shouldn't complain about anything!! I'm paying for it, I should be the one to complain. Get real."

    No you are not. The employer that sacked them is paying for it.

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    Maybe those who propose McCrory live on $350/week should try looking for a job."

    I've got a job, mister. Difference is, I'm not trying to slash insurance benefits due to those unemployed through no fault of their own to subsidize tax cuts for erstwhile "job creators."

  • littleriver69 Jan 30, 1:03 p.m.

    Hey I think someone getting $350 free money shouldn't complain about anything!! I'm paying for it, I should be the one to complain. Get real.

  • lessismore Jan 30, 8:56 a.m.

    Maybe those who propose McCrory live on $350/week should try looking for a job.

  • Dnut Jan 29, 7:20 p.m.

    Hello?

  • maybelle Jan 29, 4:26 p.m.

    Last time I looked the News and Disturber was full of jobs, yes some I would not want to have but if I had to I would scrub toilets to make my house payment n car payment. A job is a job, if you are looking for some backbone.
    It amazes me some people have computers n internet but complain about bills HUH? Call your friends, pound the pavement get a JOB.

  • goldenosprey Jan 29, 3:08 p.m.

    "I think the reason we are descending into 3rd world status is because people are lazy now."
    If people are so much more "lazy" then why is the American worker the hardest working, most productive, least vacationed worker in the world? Are there so many people surviving off handouts when they could get off their tails and work that they are the majority of the popular vote?

    This country experienced an ascendency in the 50s and 60s when income tax rates were higher and infrastructure and education was being built. Tax rates are historically low. So quit whining about "your" families income.

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