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A look at how North Carolina members of Congress voted during the previous week.
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Gov. Roy Cooper included the increase, and other unemployment reforms, in his budget proposal this week. There seems to be little Republican support, and little chance for passage.
Travis Fain, WRAL state government reporter
Antwon Keith moves up to assistant secretary, in charge of the Division of Employment Security.
Travis Fain, WRAL state government reporter
From faulty car engines to electric bills and everything between, the 5 On Your Side team works hard every day to resolve consumer complaints and concerns.
Keely Arthur, WRAL consumer reporter
5 On Your Side got one woman more than $4,000 in unpaid unemployment benefits.
During a recent press briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre played down the impact of President Joe Biden's policies on inflation, saying: "We have to remember what the president walked into ... 20 million people were on unemployment insurance benefits." PolitiFact checks her claim.
Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact reporter
State House lawmakers have passed a bill that would remove the state from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. About a quarter million unemployed workers in North Carolina are currently receiving the benefit, worth $300 per week.
Laura Leslie, WRAL Capitol Bureau Chief
State House leaders are backing a bill to cut off the $300 federal jobless checks some believe are causing a labor shortage in North Carolina.
Laura Leslie, WRAL Capitol Bureau Chief, and Travis Fain, WRAL Statehouse Reporter
Monday, May 24, 2021 -- It is past time that North Carolina policymakers assure citizens that every person who has a job is paid a living wage. It is no bonus to offer someone $1,500 to take a job that keeps them in poverty.
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 -- The leaders of the General Assembly are crowing that North Carolina is in better financial shape than New York City and want to be praised for their stewardship of state revenues and fiscal management. Say what? Maybe a "Bronx cheer" would be more like it. In the last 10 years the General Assembly under-invested in the state's education, infrastructure, health care and public safety. It is a legacy of mediocrity and neglect -- not a record of stability, responsibility, achievement or commitment to excellence.
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 -- The contrast is stark: One is limited and dark. The other is optimistic and vivid. The General Assembly's leadership offers a spending plan that hardly fills a pothole mostly is of their own creation. It fails to fully deal with the deep financial crisis and the unprecedented health pandemic we now confront. Gov. Roy Cooper offers a spending plan that does more than merely repair the road. It provides an expressway to the future when the crisis passes.
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 -- Instead of pointless political posturing, legislative leaders should pledge to reform the inadequate unemployment system they created into one that provides benefits that at least match the national average - in addition to continuing the special $600-a-week pandemic payment, pending its federal adoption.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 -- The costs of dealing with the turmoil of homeless families and the related issues of healthcare; childcare and nutrition will far exceed the temporary continuation of the current $600 a week to those who cannot return to work. This isn't fancy monetary policy. It isn't complicated economic theory. It is basic concern for hard working North Carolinians who through no fault of their own find themselves at the edge of economic collapse.
Monday, July 27, 2020 -- Capitol Broadcasting Company's editorial cartoonist.
Friday, July 24, 2020 -- It's irresponsible for Congress and the president to stop providing this critical support now when the virus still is spreading rapidly and states, especially in the South, are seeing record high case counts. ... It's not safe for some people to go back to work and many don't have jobs to return to yet. Benefits from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program have not only helped people pay their bills -- they've been critical to the health of our local businesses when unemployed people use their benefits to put money into the economy by purchasing food, paying rent and buying other necessities.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 -- In recent weeks Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis seem to make it a bigger priority to back up President Donald Trump than attending to the needs of North Carolinians. No one should believe, for a minute, that there is ANY connection between the selfish self-interest priorities of Trump and the most urgent needs, concerns or benefits of North Carolina's citizens.
Thursday, July 9, 2020 -- It is no point of pride to be worst-in-the-nation for unemployment benefits. It doesn't take much more than simply the will to do the right thing to fix it. The General Assembly needs to stop its obsession with corporate tax rate cuts and do something to help North Carolina's workforce. Increase the average unemployment benefit to the national average and increase the duration of payments to 26 weeks.
Across the country, unemployment systems are collapsing under an unprecedented number of claims. But some state systems, like North Carolina's, have long made it harder to receive unemployment benefits.
Ava Kofman, ProPublica
A group of lawmakers held a virtual Zoom meeting Monday urging the General Assembly to make improvements to North Carolina's unemployment insurance (UI) system.
Jessica Patrick, WRAL multiplatform producer
Friday, May 1, 2020 -- These are not the best of times. The troubling shortcomings of unemployment benefits laws meant to protect N.C. workers are vividly exposed. Even with the added assistance in federal COVID-19 stimulus legislation, workers are left in far greater jeopardy than those anywhere else in the nation. There are key provisions in the state's unemployment laws that work against the protection of workers and must be changed now. If not tens of thousands of employees who suddenly have been forced from their jobs will run out of benefits, leaving themselves and their families without anywhere else to turn.
Friday, April 10, 2020 -- A lack of concern and preparedness has left nearly half a million hard working North Carolinians, who never dreamt of being out of a job, applying for unemployment benefits as a result of policy orders relating to the COVID-19 outbreak. They may be victims of a legislature that too often sought to comfort the wealthy at the expense of the state's working families, children and the disadvantaged.
The $600-a-week unemployment boost from the federal government should start showing up in North Carolina's unemployment checks next week, a state unemployment official told lawmakers Tuesday.
Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 -- Many of those left unemployed by the COVID-19 crisis are about to discover the painful truth that North Carolina's unemployment insurance system deliberately has been stripped of its capabilities to deliver meaningful aid to jobless persons and to stabilize the larger economy.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 -- A decade of large corporate tax cuts, penny-pinching and cuts to education, basic health and other social service programs along with the failure to keep up with basic infrastructure needs (school construction and highway building) and maintenance has left North Carolina the poster child for seeing what under investment can do to a state. A rainy day fund won't even be enough. Legislators need to get together with the governor to agree upon and pass a budget that expands Medicaid and makes the necessary investments to address the BIG list of items that have been neglected for too long.
As the coronavirus outbreak grinds American life to a halt, many workers have already experienced sudden drops in income -- if their paychecks haven't been wiped out entirely. Unemployment insurance is a crucial safety net, providing a temporary cash cushion.
Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times