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Legislators face more pressure as Senators balk at more benefits

State budget writers got more bad news Wednesday as the U.S. Senate rejected a bill to extended unemployment benefits and tax breaks, which also included $500 million in aid for NC’s budget this year.

Deficit concerns in Washington took center stage as members of the NC Association of Educators spent the afternoon urging state lawmakers to avoid further cuts to education spending.

Steve Jackson, public policy analyst with the NC Justice Center, says unless additional federal funding is approved, state legislators will be in the unenviable position of finding additional places to cut, while trying to preserve jobs in their home districts.

For a preview of Jackson’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, please click below:

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