Another update on the 37,000 jobless

State Senate Democrats are taking another stab at restoring federal benefits for the 37,000 jobless cut off from their unemployment checks because of a budget fight state leaders are having.

Democrats would need two-thirds of the Senate to pass the bill restoring benefits, a big hurdle with the GOP members in the majority and the issue falling down partisan sides, and it would take at least 10 days to have a vote on the petition, said state Sen. Martin Nesbitt, the Democratic leader in the Senate, in a Tuesday press conference.

If the discharge position doesn’t work, Nesbitt hopes to have a hearing like he held last week, where some of the affected workers came and gave emotional pleas to restore the benefits.

“They’re good people and they’re not deadbeats and they’re not trying to beat the system,” Nesbitt said. “They’re trying to survive.”

House Democrats are working on a discharge petition as well.

But state Sen. Phil Berger, the GOP leader in the Senate, said yesterday he had no plans to move forward with restoring the benefits for the 37,000, according to WRAL. (The station has the video of both Berger and Nesbitt’s comments.)

We wrote yesterday about how one of the 37,000 is faring without her benefits. Chrissy Martin (who asked we not use her real name), a 41-year-old former teacher living in Charlotte, expects to be evicted from her apartment within the week and has no idea where she’ll live, with family unable to take her in and no income coming in without the unemployment checks.

The three weeks of sparring in Raleigh have left Martin teetering on the edge of financial ruin and frustrated with the inaction in Raleigh.

“My life is not a game,” she said. “And neither are the lives of the 37,000 others and their families who are in the same position.”

Click here to read more about Martin, and how she’s coping without her unemployment checks.



  1. paula barnes

    May 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    They need to remember next year it be tme to vote again for governor. Those 37,000 are not going to forget at election time. They know no jobs are out there and we didnt ask to be unemployed but thank god i serve a god that look high and look low when god get in the mist of it thank you jesus god is good!!!!

  2. A NC Republican who is ashamed to be called a Republican

    May 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    For myself and everyone I know……….we will not forget what the Republicans have done in allowing well over 40,000 families, at this point in time, to go without food, shelter and even gas money to find a job. WE are talking about families, not individuals. Please tell me how these folks are going to find a job without money for gas and telephone. My daughter has been unemployed since August 2009. She worked with special needs children at the same job for 11 years. She has gone back to school in an attempt to find a job, but now she can not even buy gas to get to school. She has already lost her home and now she has no hope of getting through this. NC has not seen this tough a time in 70 or 80 years. Crime will become more prevalent now that people do not have any resources. IF we have learned nothing from history but this, let us remember what causes revolution……….starvation.

    Anyone who has ever lost their job knows that it takes years to get back to the point you were before losing your job after all your savings have been used.

    Phil Berger and Thom Tillis, I hope you make plans for your unemployment when you are not reelected. Let’s vote them out of office!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! People in NC know that you are the culprits, not Governor Perdue.

  3. G. Alan Elmore

    May 28, 2011 at 8:53 am

    It is my believe that everyone of these republicans that are holding al of us (the 37000) should be impeached. Since my last email too you I am now living out of my car. Can’t even afford to get a hair cut. I feel so ashame even though it is not my fault. I work for my company for years then found myself out of work, at 60 and can’t find a job. I have been out of work since 2009 \, I have went through my savings, sold belongings till I have nothing left, then I lose my unemployment. ALL THE 37000 SHOULD GET TOGETHER AND MARCH ON RALEIGH. hOW WOULD THAT BE IF 46000 PEOPLE CAMPED OUT IN FRONT OF THE STATE CAPITAL.
    G. Alan Elmore
    Hickory, NC

    Thanks for Listening

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