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Luebke: It’s “illogical” to tie jobless benefits to budget (audio)

It looks like legislators will wait until after the Memorial Day holiday to take further action on legislation that would extend federal jobless benefits to some 45,000 North Carolinians who lost their benefits in mid-April.

The House Rules Committee voted Wednesday along party lines for a measure that would restore benefits for the long-term jobless workers, but the extension remains tied to the passage of the state budget.

Rep. Paul Luebke, who voted against that measure in committee, says it is simply “illogical” to try to force the Governor to support the state budget by withholding federal benefits for thousands of unemployed workers.

Luebke joins us on News & Views this weekend to discuss the plight of the jobless workers and his push to get Republican legislators to take a second look at two bills (House Bill 879 and 890) that would raise revenue and offset some of the cuts this budget cycle. To hear a preview of our radio interview with the Durham County Democrat, click below.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Thom Tillis tells WRAL if the Governor is already planning to veto their latest compromise (H439), legislators will wait until next week to take it up.

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5 Comments

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    May 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm

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  2. Judy

    May 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    This is examples of my efforts. Please help us…no one else is getting the truth out!!!

    Governor Perdue…It is my understanding that the unemployment extended benefits is money that the President of our United States of America has approved. It appears to be obvious that our money is being illegally kept from us. Do we not have protection against this? Should there not be charges filed against those responsible for stealing our benefits? I am loosing my family, I am loosing my home, I have had to take my possessions to a consignment shop in order to be able to survive this long. What more do you want us to give to this game of politics? You requested a stand alone bill for this issue and no one has taken you seriously or else you would have had that immediately! You must be able to take this matter into your own hands and get us our benefits…Please Please Please end this matter immediately, so we 45,000 families can scrap together the shreds of our lives that remain.

    We are in the middle and have no place in any of these politics. My understanding is that this is federal money that is already there. This federal money has nothing to do with state budgets. States can not arbitrarily steal federal money that doesn’t belong to them. Therefore…it is criminal that our money is being kept from us. They should release it AND be responsible for the disaster they are responsible for causing in our lives!!!

    Governor Perdue…why are you allowing Federal money for the extended benefits of the unemployed to be criminally kept from us??? Certainly you must have the authority to release that which you are keeping illegally. It would seem to me that all of us who are having our lives destroyed by the political games the Democrats and Republicans are playing should be entitled to damages based on the malicious conduct of those involved. NONE of the politicians involved in this issue should be allowed to enjoy a Memorial Day weekend with their family and friends when 50,000 families can’t!!!

  3. jlp75

    May 27, 2011 at 7:49 am

    With all due respect Judy the Governor is not at fault here. You need to be looking toward the legislature, they are the ones who have to pass a bill to change the law in order for you to get your benefits. They decided that it would be politically convenient to hold you and 50,000 others as bargaining chips to force the Governor to accept what ever destructive budget they hand her without a fight. It is her right by law to veto legislation that she feels is not beneficial for our state. We have three branches of government for a reason, to prevent any one branch from having too much power. The legislature is using you as a pawn to force the executive branch to give up all of its power in the budget negotiation. In many ways the Governor has been a disappointment, but this is not one of them. This is one case where she has taken the right position and tried to fight for our state. Maybe you should remember this on election day in 2012 and remember how the Republicans cared more about themselves and their backers than the people they were elected to serve. It is much easier to campaign than it is to govern and what we are seeing now is an absolute failure to govern by the majority party in the legislature.

  4. Alex

    May 27, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Bev Perdue could end this now if she wasn’t so darn hard-headed. She reminds me of a little bantam rooster strutting around. At some point, she will have to adopt a budget anyway , or close the whole state down

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