GOP: No new benefits bill in sight

Posted April 19, 2011

Republican legislative leaders said today they would attempt to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto this weekend of House Bill 383. The poison-pill measure would have extended federal benefits for 37,000 jobless workers, but it would also have forced Perdue to agree to deep budget cuts for next year.

“We’re disappointed to see the vetoes come down,” House Speaker Thom Tillis said.

Tillis and Senate Leader Phil Berger said the timeframe for the override attempt hasn’t yet been established. They expect to start those discussions today.

When asked whether they would consider a compromise measure that would simply extend the benefits without any political advantage, Tillis and Berger said there were no plans to introduce one.

“We sent a bill to the governor that extended those benefits,” Tillis said.

“We need to remember we’re talking about folks who’ve already received benefits for 77 weeks,” Berger added.

Berger and Tillis also said they had offered their help to the governor in response to Saturday’s tornado outbreak. They recommended using prison inmates to help clear debris from farm fields. And they said they would come up with the money needed for a 25% match for any federal assistance the state may get.

“We’re fully prepared to look at whatever proposal we get from the Emergency Management folks,” said Berger. He said the state still has $150 million left in its “rainy day fund” for emergencies like this. “We’re confident we’ll be able to find the dollars.”

Watch the whole press conference below. Berger and Tillis NC GOP press conference, April 19, 2011


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  • stanmak Apr 21, 2011

    "What's the beef? He SAID that."
    YES he did say it, in the context of clarifying the different folks on UI. Laura's mad bc Berger corrected her in the later interview get a clue, and she is trying to gain some credit with some nat'l enquirer antics. PS im a democrat, i guess the problem is i am actually paying attention and this is just bad reporting. and purely laughable

  • 6079 SMITH W Apr 20, 2011

    What's the beef? He SAID that. Is this an "attack by the liberal-left-wing-state-run-media", for pointing it out? We have met the enemy.......and it's YA'LL! ;)

  • stanmak Apr 20, 2011

    “We need to remember we’re talking about folks who’ve already received benefits for 77 weeks,” Berger added.

    What a sorry attempt at a drive by bashing here LAURA LESLIE. 3rd attempt here to post my disbelief at this story. This is an excellent example of taking a comment and snipping it out of context to make a story. Shame on you laura. These leaders are letting you run your own WEEKLY Q&A session, and you repay them with THIS!!!!????? Keep it up and all you will be getting is a prepared statement. I guess that wouldnt matter to you all anyways, you already have your mind made up.

  • burlharley Apr 19, 2011

    Perhaps I took a late lunch and used that time, off the clock, to get on WRAL and check out what is happening? I suppose you did not consider that scenario. I also doubt very seriously you could do my job, and although I empathize (not sympathize at all) with your situation, the sorry, bitter attitude you have probably will not assist your employment search. I wish you the best of luck, but I can assure you the policies of the past are proven failures and the future of NC is brighter with conservative-leaning economics and smaller government.

  • tjwhitman01 Apr 19, 2011

    well well well look at all the people who have time to log on to here and read the articles and then have the time to comment on them ... are they at work ??? does their employer know they are here rather then doing the job they are being paid for?? perhaps we should find a way to find these slackers who are taking money from their jobs and get them fired ... see how they like looking for a job., or even better get them fired and take their jobs and scoff at them for needing help. i am one of the 37,000 and i would take your job any day, and probably do a much better job.

  • burlharley Apr 19, 2011

    It is not the government's responsibility to create jobs. The greatest thing government can do to create jobs is get out of the way and let business create jobs as necessary. This legislature nor past have not created this mess, but those in the past have in fact hindered the private sector. However, the current GA is lowering the corporate tax rate by 2% and seeking to remove burdensome regulations. These outlandish salaries that legislators make is just slightly over $1,000/month.

  • 1 awesome Dad Apr 19, 2011

    Will NC ever get the true leadership it deserves or we will continue to hire these second class leaders that couldnt lead their staff members across the street much less lead a state that is in the mess as large as this.

  • 1 awesome Dad Apr 19, 2011

    You sorry politicians. They have already drawn 77 weeks. Well get to work and do what you say your going to do and create jobs. The legislatures created this mess by allowing businesses to leave our country and take our jobs with them. On top of that our legislatures raise the corporate taxes that drive business either out or away from NC thus creating a tremendous difficulty in getting a job. So thank you to all those lying two faced back stabbing legislatures that care less for the people of this state and only for their political agenda. Like it or not our so called legislatures actually cut the ones' throat who work and create the revenue to pay thier outlandish salaries while we sit here and face ridicule and humiliation for thier inablility to lead.