The spokesman for House Speaker Thom Tillis says that Republican legislative leaders want to compromise with Governor Beverly Perdue to help the 37,000 unemployed workers whose benefits ran out three weeks ago because the General Assembly refused to extend them.
Many pundits and editorial writers who support the workers have called on Perdue and the Republicans to compromise. It’s maddening.
Perdue’s position is that the General Assembly should pass simple legislation now to extend the benefits. Legislative leaders are only willing to extend the benefits if they can get something out of it, like forcing Perdue to accept deep cuts in the state budget.
The problem is not that Perdue refuses to compromise. This is not a political game. It is a question of helping 37,000 families. Perdue wants to help them. Tillis wants to use them.
Read Harry Payne’s compelling column on the plight of the workers in today’s N&O and here is the Charlotte Observer coverage of an event in Charlotte on Monday where several of the workers talked about their struggles.