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GOP tries again on benefits/budget link

Posted May 25, 2011

House GOP leaders unveiled a new attempt today to make a needed fix to the unemployment formula that will allow federal extended benefits checks to start flowing again to nearly 50,000 jobless North Carolinians.

But once again, they tied the fix to a budget measure designed to limit Perdue’s power to negotiate next year’s spending plan.

House Bill 439 sponsor Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, said the new 90-day continuing resolution would allow the state to operate at spending levels set out in the House budget, giving lawmakers time to negotiate without the “artificial deadline” of the end of the fiscal year.

“We all know how important it is to get those benefits back,” Moore added.

Democrats said linking the two unrelated measures would guarantee a veto – again. “Do you really want the benefits to be paid? Do you?” asked Minority Leader Joe Hackney, D-Orange. “Because it’s never going to happen as long as these games keep being played.”

Rep. Johnathan Rhyne, R-Lincoln, called the continuing resolution “vital.”

“I’m concerned that the governor has made up her mind to veto the budget before a budget has even been sent to her,” Rhyne said.

Hackney tried to amend the bill to remove the budget language from the measure, leaving only the unemployment benefits fix – the “clean bill” Perdue has been calling for. But it failed along strict party lines. All 14 Republicans on the committee voted to keep the federal benefits tied to the state spending measure, and all 9 Democrats voted to separate the issues.

“Nobody’s being fooled by your speeches,” Hackney told committee Republicans. “This is gamesmanship which will be laid at your door. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.”

“I really wish the minority party would stop playing games on this,” Moore retorted. “I don’t get it.”

The measure is expected on the House floor shortly.

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  • dlphnwmn8 May 30, 2011

    There is no better example of the saying “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” than this. And power they have. But are they acting as good stewards of their power? Instead of taking the moral high ground, as Berger states he knows of our hardships, and sending a clean bill (HB 676) to Perdue, he and every single republican instead elected to be cold, callous and vindictive when offered the chance to vote on legislation to restore benefits immediately. Remember this from just last week “Amendment failed on party lines. All Rs voted to keep benefit fix tied to budget measure. All Ds voted to separate them.” Which means Berger (and Tillis) continue to speak for all the republicans. In this interview Berger made it crystal clear he and the other republicans know we are experiencing extreme hardship and stress. But too bad. Unless they get what they want, we get nothing and continue to give up everything. Berger could not have made it any plainer that they just don’t care.

  • willmac2010 May 26, 2011

    Even though I don't agree with the way the republicans are handling unemployment extensions, I do feel that this bill can be signed off by the Governor. Someone has to step up, be the "grown-up" and agree to disagree. We are all suffering. Next week this family of 4 may not have a place to live and the only hope we have is that we get this money. I don't have anywhere to take my 2 kids. I don't know what we are going to do if this bill is not passed.

  • jeffharris18 May 26, 2011

    Go Scotty!

  • dlphnwmn8 May 26, 2011

    Time to take a very public stand. All teachers, teachers aides, the SBI, social workers, etc. need to come together at the legislative buildings, and stay until the get it. The Republicans had a chance to separate the UI benefits, (which never shold have been attached anyway), vote and pass it. This could have been done in the same amount of time it took took vote to make NASCAR our state sport. Every Republican voted no while every Democrat voted yes. Lt. Gov. Dalton has allowed them to attach this unrelated bill to the budget while not allowing it to be attached to the health care bill. Why is beyond me. And neither he nor anyone in his office will respond. So time to take it to the streets, their local offices...anywhere they are we need to be there too.

  • May 26, 2011

    The number of unemployeed keep climbing as do those who loose their benefits as the legislature continue to play games. When will this ever end....either create jobs or continue to help until there are jobs. Period. Noone wants to be unemployeed.

  • 1 awesome Dad May 26, 2011

    I'd love to see all the teachers, principals, assistant principals, just go out the door and quit. Teachers are the lowest paid professionals anyway. If the state is willing to cut their throat then I'd just quit. Phooey on NC and their cut throat practices. I am out of here soon as I can and I cant wait. I am through with sipping the Kool aid in this state. SC seems to have its act together. Maybe I'll go there.

  • richardh May 25, 2011

    TELL ME ONE THING, DOES EVERYONE IN THE STATE NEED TO LOSE THERE JOBS BEFORE BEV PERDUE SIGNS THE BILL? THINK ABOUT IT IF IT WAS YOUR MOTHER, FATHER SISTER OR BROTHER WOULD YOU SIGN IT? YES YOU WOULD, SO SIGN IT NOW AND LET US ALL MOVE ON....

  • richardh May 25, 2011

    BEV PERDUE YOU HAVE NO REASON NOT TO PASS THIS BILL, COMPROMISE COMES BOTH WAYS, THIS IS FAIR SIGN THE BILL SO PEOPLE CAN LIVE. WHAT MUST WE DO FIND ANOTHER GOVENOR? IF YOUR FOR THE PEOPLE AND TRULY CONCERNED SIGN IT....

  • 1 awesome Dad May 25, 2011

    Hey this hostage needs some food over here my kids are hungry and we are tired of living worse than the convicts in the North Carolina DOC. !!!!

  • garydenny1965 May 25, 2011

    This is to dlphnwmn8,,, You are absolutley right. Where is Lt. Gov. Dalton? If attaching it to a bill that both sides agreed on was not allowed, then how in Gods Name can he let the Unemployment Ext be attached to the Budget Bill? I think it is time to "Impeach" these people who are supposed to be representing the people of this state. Take their paychecks and send them back to the rock they crawled out from under!!!

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