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Budget fight keeps Perdue, GOP at unemployment stalemate

Posted May 17, 2011

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— It's been a month since 37,000 unemployed people in North Carolina lost their jobless benefits sooner than expected, a consequence of the budget battle between Republican lawmakers and the governor, and some of those affected are struggling to make ends meet.

In April, the Republican majority in the General Assembly passed a bill to extend the federally funded benefits for up to 20 weeks, but it contained a stipulation that would weaken Gov. Bev Perdue's control over the state budget.

If the state budget is not in place by June 30, the bill ordered, Republicans would move forward with slashing Perdue's proposed budget by 13 percent.

She vetoed the measure, calling it "extortion." 

"That was absolutely unacceptable. They were trying to hold me hostage, and I wouldn't put up with it," Perdue said Tuesday.

The extension, which would have kicked in April 16, never happened, and neither side has budged since.

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"You're talking about people's lives," said Lori Stancill, of Raleigh, who has been out of work for nearly two years. 

"We had two weeks' notice this was ending. That's unfair to me. That bothers me and frankly, it makes me angry," Stancill said. 

The single mother of two has been forced to move in with her mother, but said she is actively seeking employment. 

Stancill said she's getting desperate for help because her car is on the verge of repossession and she can't afford to take her children to a doctor although they've been home from school with a fever.

"Things are very bad," she said. "If it weren't for being able to live under my mother's roof, then we'd be on the street. We'd absolutely be on the street."

Perdue said Tuesday she's asked lawmakers to draft a stand-alone benefits bill.

"Send it today, and I'll sign it today the minute I get it," Perdue said.

Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Hendersonville, said Republicans have no plans to change the bill.

"We have voted for it and sent it to her. She chose not to support it, so I'd say the bill is in her court," he said.

He called the stalemate "pure politics."

House and Senate Democrats plan to hold a joint press conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts to extend jobless benefits. Watch it LIVE on WRAL.com.

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  • chevybelair57sd May 26, 2011

    Welcome to todays politicians. not one of them is serving the citizens, it's all about power while postering as servants of the citizen. When will we vote these clowns out and start anew with the promise of unemployement at terms end if service is not forthcoming!

  • dlphnwmn8 May 26, 2011

    I am 58 years old and children are grown and gone. Not eligible for food stamps, welfare or any type of medical assistance. So many of us are caught in this limbo. I can get by on one meal a day, and hold off on doctors for now. But familes, children, well....it's just too much for them. So much stress, so many sleepless nights. Children should have to worry about where they will be tomorrow or if they will have food. I wonder if there is anything on the Federal level that can be done. Also, we need to reach out to the national media and have our story put out there. Just like they did in Wisconson. Time to take a stand....time to stand in the belly of the beast and make some noise.

  • dlphnwmn8 May 19, 2011

    Time to do what they did in Wisconsin.

  • dlphnwmn8 May 19, 2011

    We are now at day 43 and up to 45,000 individuals unable to collect. Understand the 45,000 count does not include spouses and children. A friend with family had his electricity cut off the Thursday before Mother's Day. Can you imagine what kind of weekend they had? And now facing eviction May 31 if UI not reinstated. Check out this article: unemployment benefits stalemate splits jobless family - http://ow.ly/4S7nY - #ncga #ncpol. Our elected offiicials know each day they will eat three meals, have water to drink and to bathe, be warm on chilly nights and cool on warm days, be able to afford gas, to buy meds, have insurance when ill, their mortgage will be paid on tiime and their lights will shine when needed in the dark of night. They know when payday is as they work for us and we pay them. Shouldn't they start working FOR us and not AGAINST us?

  • YaNot May 18, 2011

    Your source is not McDonalds nor is it BoJangles, it is By Alison Doyle, from About.com. "I PERMIT THE COMPANY TO EXAMINE MY REFERENCES, record of employment, education record, and any other information I HAVE PROVIDED. I authorize the references I HAVE LISTED to disclose any information related to my work record and my professional experiences with them, without giving me prior notice of such disclosure."

    Again, it all goes back to what you have listed what you have provided and whose application verbiage are you referring to.

    If I work in the science industry and I want to work at McDonalds, I need not reference either as the jobs are not related and are irrelevant to one another.

    Thank you and I will have a nice day/evening and I hope you will too.

  • josephlawrence43 May 18, 2011

    wonder if her reluctance to cooperate is due to her hiring of a campaign person ( formerly of the Obammie admin)--at a salary of $120,000. per...thats a lot of savings...

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 18, 2011

    And more verbiage:

    "I permit the company to examine my references, record of employment, education record, and any other information I have provided. I authorize the references I have listed to disclose any information related to my work record and my professional experiences with them, without giving me prior notice of such disclosure. In addition, I release the company, my former employers & all other persons, corporations, partnerships & associations from any & all claims, demands or liabilities arising out of or in any way related to such examination or revelation."

    It's all at the link I provided, namely:

    http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobappsamples/a/employmentapp_2.htm

    Have a nice day.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 18, 2011

    Here's more of the employment application verbiage:

    "I certify that I have not purposely withheld any information that might adversely affect my chances for hiring. I attest to the fact that the answers given by me are true & correct to the best of my knowledge and ability. I understand that any omission (including any misstatement) of material fact on this application or on any document used to secure can be grounds for rejection of application or, if I am employed by this company, terms for my immediate expulsion from the company."

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 18, 2011

    Ya Not-"You give them the references/information so how is that lying.You wouldnt give them a reference for a job you got fired from would you, nor are you required too.What clause are you talking about?"

    You have to give it ALL to them, hired, fired whatever-a complete application, or you can be terminated from most companies for withholding information.

    Here's a generic form that follows what most employers require:

    http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobappsamples/a/employmentapp.htm

    Please note on page two, it says:

    "I certify that I have not purposely withheld any information that might adversely affect my chances for hiring. I attest to the fact that the answers given by me are true & correct to the best of my knowledge and ability. I understand that any omission (including any misstatement) of material fact on this application or on any document used to secure can be grounds for rejection of application or, if I am employed by this company..."

    (see link for rest of verbiage)

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 18, 2011

    Current information...

    http://www.wral.com/news/state/nccapitol/video/9609866/#/vid9609866

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