Tillis blames Perdue for benefits impasse

Posted May 11, 2011

House Speaker Thom Tillis said today House Republicans are ready to take up a raft of reform and other bills, now that the budget has cleared his chamber. But a new bill to restore federal jobless benefits to more than 37,000 North Carolinians is not on the agenda – for now.

Gov. Bev Perdue called on GOP leaders again yesterday to pass a "clean bill" - one without political manuevering - to change a legal formula that would allow extended federal benefits to resume. 

“Which means the governor’s unwilling to compromise,” Tillis said. “And I think that’s unacceptable, and lacking leadership that I expect out of our chief executive for this state.”

Tillis says House leaders are willing to compromise, but not to simply comply with Perdue’s request. “The governor, right now, by that behavior on that particular bill, is holding hostage those people who deserve those benefits extensions, who could get those benefits extensions,” he said.

Tillis said he expects the formula change will be included as a provision in the Senate budget, but that measure wouldn't take effect until July 1st. 

In the meantime, he said, “We would welcome any good-faith efforts on the governor’s part to step up and lead, and get us to a compromise to get these people their checks. But those folks that are waiting for those checks need to know it’s the governor’s inaction that’s preventing them from coming.”

On other topics, Tillis promised “stepped-up oversight” of state spending by the Government Operations committee during the interim between sessions. “I’ll be chairing that committee along with Senator Berger, and we will meet frequently. I’m not talking about just once a month. And we’ll be looking at how these budgets are implemented in local areas.” Thom Tillis Tillis on unemployment impasse, tax cuts

And he also signaled the GOP could be stepping back from a big cut in the corporate tax rate, looking instead at broader-based tax relief “across the brackets.” House and Senate Finance committees are expected to meet jointly this week to formulate a tax cut package expected to top $200 million.

Watch Tillis’s unedited comments at right.


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  • 1 awesome Dad May 17, 2011

    The republican leaders and our governor has lost the trust of the people that put them there and sadly without trust no one is going to willingly follow that leader.

    They need to in the best interests of the state submit their resignation and quit causing any further headaches, heartaches, and financial ruin to the citizens of this state.

  • dlphnwmn8 May 16, 2011

    stanmak: lol.....you still haven't answered the continuing question on HB 676. Very simple....could be handled in one day.....presented and passed....and we all get our benefits reinstated. You stated in an earlier blog that you felt betrayed by perdue as you voted for her. That's fair. But to close your eyes to the obvious is series of events.....not fair.

  • stanmak May 16, 2011

    @dolfinwomen lol there is no senator tillis. but there is a horrible governor named purdue that has no leadership and cant solve a single problem. bev needs to give in on this one and release 5 dems to override her veto. the R's have already got a veto override ready for the budget so they will win either way.

  • dlphnwmn8 May 16, 2011

    Senator Tillis....will you push through HB 676 and present to perdue as she said she will sign? Senator Neal Hunt stated getting extended benefits to us was the Republicans top priority. It's the stand alone, nothing attached to it bill chainging the formula that was filed April 5th, 2011.

  • angelasloan May 14, 2011

    Iam ashamed of anyone who is standing against this bill going foward. I have e-mailed the Gov. no response. While she has 3 meals a day, gas money and a roof above her head I suppose this is not a humane pressing issue. In 36 years of working and volunteering for NC the state I grew up in I am faced with continuosly searching a job raising 2 teenages and now foreclosure on my home. With out any money in it will put residents on the streets. I can only speak for myself I much rather work I did make more money and was able to get benifits. I hope at night when bellys are full the security of a home and a car with gas in it to go around town somehow that will be the thought that enters into their minds. Not a power struggle,or Rep/Dem thing. This is having real and immediate impact on people.

  • stanmak May 13, 2011

    i am sick of hearing "we will vote them out in november" no you wont they control redistricting. they will hold their majority, and the governor needs some foresight here and needs to lead our state. GIVE them their bill and BE A LEADER.

  • jeffharris18 May 13, 2011

    Maybe ole Bev will finally do something about this; or perhaps she'll just take another vacation on one of Easley's planes.

  • 1 awesome Dad May 13, 2011

    Bev Perdue said in her 2009 state of the state address that it was their moral obligation to help North Carolinians start their lives over again due to these layoffs, company closings and etc.

  • whirledps May 13, 2011

    Do these people in Raleigh not understand that every dollar they are withholding from 37,000 families is a dollar that is not being spent in the NC economy??? It's not like we are putting it in savings or investing in stocks. We need it to live every day and feed or families while searching for some kind of employment! The people cruelly and uncaringly keeping these Federal funds from us are being just plain MEAN. I will work my butt off to see them out of office. We deserve much better.
    PO'ed in Black Mountain

  • 1 awesome Dad May 13, 2011

    Please help us