Berger talks jobless benefits, Senate budget

Posted May 3, 2011

Senate Leader Phil Berger told reporters today his caucus doesn’t plan to try again to extend benefits for 37,000 jobless north Carolinians.

“Our position all along has been, we passed the bill that extended the benefits. It’s really up to the House to override the governor’s veto,” Berger said. 

However, he added, “If the governor’s got a proposal that she would consider to be a compromise, we’d be interested in hearing what it is.”

Berger also said House and Senate Finance committees may meet jointly next week to talk about a $230 million tax cut package that would lower corporate tax rates and help create jobs. “We believe if we can leave more money in the pockets of individual citizens, small busineses, that in and of itself will have a positive effect on job numbers.”

Berger says the Senate’s budget will likely be smaller than the House’s plan, which he says exceeds some original targets. And he says the two plans they may differ on how education spending is divided between K-12 and university spending. But otherwise, he says the Senate budget, expected to emerge in a couple of weeks, will probably look a lot like the House proposal. Berger May 3 Senate Leader Phil Berger's news conference, May 2, 2011

Watch the whole press conference below.   


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  • 1 awesome Dad May 9, 2011

    I personally voluteer to do my community service as your chaffeur, body guard, and any other things you need to done. ;)

  • 1 awesome Dad May 9, 2011

    At least in West Virginia you can pick up a dead possum 30 minutes after it has been ran over without breaking a law.

  • 1 awesome Dad May 9, 2011

    I email ol Phil and call his office constantly but nope cannot get in touch with him.

  • sdjackson37 May 9, 2011

    @lap629,I know of a family of 4 who gets $620 a month in food stamps,they had social services to pay their light bill a few weeks ago and who knows what else they get! But the Father works (under the table of course) and the mother works part-time as a secretary. The social service system is severly screwed up.

  • Garnerwolf1 May 9, 2011

    “We believe if we can leave more money in the pockets of individual citizens, small busineses, that in and of itself will have a positive effect on job numbers.” Great in theory. Not nearly as effective in the real world.

  • May 9, 2011

    Phil.Berger@ncleg.net is the e-mail for Berger. Show him some love!

  • lhdd2125 May 9, 2011

    people are suffering and the time to do something was yesterday...North Carolina is sinking FAST!

  • lap629 May 9, 2011

    Senate Leader Phil Berger if you have any children I hope your wife had a better Mother's Day than my wife did. You see while you were at home with your family having a good ole time am sure I ha the pleasure of letting my wife know that as of this morning we would have no phone or running water no way of feeding our two children and just enough gas for her to get to her job where she make just a little too much for a family of four so that our children can't even get free lunch at school. By the way I tried to go through Social Service you know the people who are there to help people like my family in times of need only to be told that if me and my wife were to split and she quit her job we could get all the help we need. So you just think about that as you get to fill up your car with taxpayer money, sit in your nice home and not worry about the other 37000 people in NOrth Carolina who are just trying to make it from one day to the next. But am sure your rich friends are proud of yo

  • May 9, 2011

    Listen up republicans....wait until elections when your called out for not helping those in need. The political TV ads will place you on trial for it I'm sure. 37,000 VOTES have just went to the democrats for your actions of using this to stonewall the budget talks.....this bill (HB676 should stand alone and pass NOW!!!

  • garydenny1965 May 8, 2011

    This is to Stanmak, I to am not a supporter of Gov.Perdue, but you need not ask why Perdue vetoed the bill, but why did the Republicans stick the Unemployment Ext to the State Budget Bill, since neither one of them had anything to do with each other. The Unemployment Ext. is paid by Federal Goverment,and has nothing to do with State Budget. Boy are lucky you are not a Rocket Scientist. Wake up and pay attention to what is really going on. Wow!!!!