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  • oleguy Jan 18, 8:46 a.m.

    I know 3 or more that have been drawing 498.00 bucks a week for over a year,,, They just got another 26 weeks,They were making 12.00 / hour at their job with lots of over time,,, Now why would they want to work for 8 to 10 bucks an hour at a job today?? They do not even look work, why should they,,, The system is broke,, the group running the ESC could care less, unemployed people need them so they can have a job.. The system is broke,, we need less Govt....

  • goldenosprey Jan 17, 11:35 a.m.

    "I see. The democrats have controlled the NC Legislature for the past 100 plus years....Republicans just got control in 2011." - btneast

    Not too current on national events, I see. Clinton got us a surplus despite Reagans' effort to explode the deficit into the stratosphere. It only took GWB and his master, Dick "deficits don't matter" Cheney a few years to blow it back up and leave us with scarce revenue coming in.

    Sorry for the misfire

  • goldenosprey Jan 17, 11:06 a.m.

    The worst mass shooting in US history was VA Tech. He used 2 pistols. One had 10 round magazine, and the other had a 15 round magazine. He just carried a backpack ful of extra mags for about 400 rounds total. He then walked unfettered through a Gun Free Zone killing at will. That is how well gun laws protect people.- btneast

    Not too current on national events, I see. Clinton got us a surplus despite Reagans' effort to explode the deficit into the stratosphere. It only took GWB and his master, Dick "deficits don't matter" Cheney a few years to blow it back up and leave us with scarce revenue coming in.

  • btneast Jan 17, 10:58 a.m.

    I don't think it's fair that some people have had full benefits for an extended time and I would receive less in both length and amount

    Personally, I think the word "fair" should be stricken from the English language. Life isn't fair, and never will be. It's up to the individual to stay ahead of the steamroller called "life".If you sit in the middle of the street crying " it's not fair", the steamroller will run over you, and keep right on going.

  • btneast Jan 17, 10:51 a.m.

    They have never ever cared about the citizens of this state nor any debt in the past. The party of "spend regardless of whether we can pay for it or not" just keeps on spending

    RadioDJ....not too current on NC political history, I see. The democrats have controlled the NC Legislature for the past 100 plus years....Republicans just got control in 2011.

  • goldenosprey Jan 17, 10:23 a.m.

    Bravo, Senator Hagan.

    NC owes all this $ to the feds because the business community got what it whined for in the 90s - SUTA slashed so that, in the event the bankers and deregulators trashed the economy and folks lost their jobs, there would not be enough in the trust fund. I blame dems in the GA for capitulating to the Art Popes of NC.
    Interesting to see the republican honorables are afraid to turn down the fed $ despite their huffin & puffin. Looks like NC, like most red states, will continue to mooch more off Washington than we contribute.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 17, 9:44 a.m.

    why are we so many of us lazy and just want everything handed to us? i think a real good educated guess is that over half of people on unemployment want to be on it. they're not looking for work. registering their fake job looking so they can collect till it runs out.

    They are the Queit time generation..The ones who were told everything will be ok and to look the other way....The soccer mommies who gave them everything they wanted..Spoiled them silly.
    The hard working generations are no longer the leaders as you can see with the economy and the unemployment and the state of the country.

  • autismawareness Jan 17, 9:04 a.m.

    why are we so many of us lazy and just want everything handed to us? i think a real good educated guess is that over half of people on unemployment want to be on it. they're not looking for work. registering their fake job looking so they can collect till it runs out.

  • xylem01 Jan 17, 8:20 a.m.

    Deficits don't matter!

  • tnowen Jan 16, 10:18 p.m.

    My company laid off a few employees for 4 weeks then called them back to work. Several of the employees refused the call back because they preferred to stay on unemployment. I attempted to notify the NC Employment Security office who told me there was nothing they could do, if the employee doesn't report the work offer they will continue to draw unemployment. Unemployment should help you until you can find work not become a way of life that encourages you not to work.

  • ncrepublican1776 Jan 16, 8:09 p.m.

    a little fire under these people bottoms is just what they need..

  • philipw Jan 16, 8:06 p.m.

    Where were all these lawmakers when the State set, and held, the unemployment tax rate at zero (yes, 0%) for years? I had up to five employees during that time and thought it was foolish to report that I owed zero.

    Is perhaps the real reason an effort to punish or motivate people they think are lazy, uninterested in work, or perhaps likely supported Democrats in the last election?

    For those of you who have no recent experience being unemployed, please note that while the rate was held at zero the gov't decided to impose income tax on unemployment compensation. How's that for a kick if you are down? unemployment compensatio

  • rosannedisney Jan 16, 7:45 p.m.

    I think that people newly laid off should not have to receive these greatly reduced benefits. Should my position be eliminated due to budget cuts in the future I don't think it's fair that some people have had full benefits for an extended time and I would receive less in both length and amount. I can respect the desire to cut amounts received and for how long beyond the standard time.

  • geosol Jan 16, 7:40 p.m.

    OK, let the REPUBLICANS try to stick it to the poor unemployed while the REPUBLICAN Governor gives his staff a big raise less than one week into the job. Yay wingers!!!

  • Nancy Jan 16, 7:26 p.m.

    miseem, on top of that increase in unemployment taxes on business, there is that pesky $2k per employee who averages 30 hours per week for obamacare insurance to contend with. I believe that hits next year.

    Sure businesses can just keep picking up the tab and hiring folks because they're all making so much money in this great economy, right?

    You never owned a business nor do you understand what it costs to run a small business either. And by small business, that would include things like your local fast food place that is owned by a franchise owner, not the corporate entity that sells the franchise and absorbs NONE of the cost to run that local franchise.

    But hey, let's kill off more business, that will straighten out this bad economy and lower those unemployment rates, right?

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 16, 7:12 p.m.

    Because the federal government wants to drain the money,and then come up with a mask to make it look like they helped restore it better then before.

  • oleguy Jan 16, 7:03 p.m.

    When will it end,,, Who is paying the bill,, where is the money coming from?

  • miseem Jan 16, 6:49 p.m.

    According to a previous WRAL article, the increase for employers to cover the shortage from years of low rates will be $42 per worker. Let's see. A company with 100 workers will pay an extra $4,200 per year. Hey! That will employ a temp with no benefits at $8 per hour for 3 whole months! Of course, the guy just laid off will lose up to $2,400 during that same period, but that unemployed worker is just living off someone else's dime, so he should be glad to get anything. Somehow, I just don't see how current unemployment benefits promotes mediocrity and lowered living standards. Seems like cutting benefits would at least lower living standards for some people, not raise them.

  • Nancy Jan 16, 6:36 p.m.

    "Guess which side the GOP is on?" - that would be the side that promotes more business which provides job to the jobless instead of unending extensions of unemployment.

    Seems like the right direction to me. But I could be wrong, if mediocrity and lowering living standards is preferred by some.

  • Bartmeister Jan 16, 6:30 p.m.

    Way to go Hagan.

  • Barfly Jan 16, 6:30 p.m.

    After 26 weeks you shouldn't get any money. Period. Get off the couch and get a job.

  • miseem Jan 16, 6:23 p.m.

    Reforms right now would cost jobless North Carolinians as much as $350 million in federal benefits. "That failure is actually going to end up costing businesses in North Carolina about $200 million – and maybe as much as $400 million," Guess which side the GOP is on?

  • whatelseisnew Jan 16, 6:18 p.m.

    "I didn't think the right wing wanted any help from the feds in the first place. None of that gubmint money for us! So what's the big deal? They have never ever cared about the citizens of this state nor any debt in the past. The party of "spend regardless of whether we can pay for it or not" just keeps on spending. The military industrial complex has em by the short ones."

    Really? You think the right wing is the party of spend? Obama just wasted another half a billion today, and he wants higher taxes on all of us again and he wants to spend more than ever. Despite his lies the DEBT ceiling is related to spending. It allows them to spend more than they are taking in. Yeah Bush and the Reps spent, but Obama and the Dems have taken it to a whole new level. As to the State the Dems here left us in lousy fiscal shape and that is despite chronically raising taxes. Now we have a toll road because the Dems LOOTED the highway trust fund. It was illegal but they could care less.

  • Nancy Jan 16, 6:11 p.m.

    Obama has extended unemployment 10 consecutive times, that's how "great" his jobs stimulus money didn't work. A new welfare program is now established, at the workers and business owners expense since they're the ones that pay the taxes.

  • whatelseisnew Jan 16, 5:29 p.m.

    "Republicans are running scared and know if they cut this off they will not get re-elected. That's all they care about and they just want to stay in office."

    Nonsense, the Federal Law was changed, so this is in reaction to that change and nothing else. Assuming there could have been an exemption then our Federal Senators should have pushed for it. Of course, there should not be any exemptions, but the concept of equal treatment under the law was thrown under the bus a long long time ago. Would you prefer that the State legislation make the change and have those people still sitting around collecting their 99 weeks get tossed off the gravy train?
    I would, but of course people will moan and say it is not fair and they can not find work and on and on and on. They WOULD find something if they were cut off, but if you are collecting 300 to 500 a week to do nothing it makes no sense to take a job that will pay you the same and then have to work.

  • rlsmith5 Jan 16, 5:16 p.m.

    Republicans are running scared and know if they cut this off they will not get re-elected. That's all they care about and they just want to stay in office.

  • nighttrain2010 Jan 16, 4:59 p.m.

    >>The "temporary" extensions have become permanent handouts.... - aetius476

    Unfortunately was always going to be the case. And now this decision will affect many other decisions that could have helped all North Carolinians. I would expect any real tax reform (no state income tax, lowering gas tax to more realistic numbers, any other tax cuts) to be off the table this year as the state will have to ensure enough revenue to pay our due bills as well as new.

  • RadioDJ Jan 16, 4:58 p.m.

    I didn't think the right wing wanted any help from the feds in the first place. None of that gubmint money for us! So what's the big deal? They have never ever cared about the citizens of this state nor any debt in the past. The party of "spend regardless of whether we can pay for it or not" just keeps on spending. The military industrial complex has em by the short ones.

  • mayhem Jan 16, 4:45 p.m.

    Berger and his buddies chickened out.

  • computer trainer Jan 16, 4:43 p.m.

    There was NOTHING the legislature could do about this. The Federal Government tied their hands with the Obama demands.

  • wral mods blow close my account Jan 16, 4:27 p.m.

    LOL our brave GOP

  • aetius476 Jan 16, 4:24 p.m.

    Surprise. Anything to keep the handouts flowing. The "temporary" extensions have become permanent handouts....

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