General Assembly targets unemployed workers for more pain
This morning’s editorial in Raleigh’s News & Observer is on the mark when it comes to the new plan advanced by the Chamber of Commerce and their hired help in the General Assembly to decimate unemployment insurance for North Carolinians still suffering from the struggling economy:
“If you are among those who have lost jobs in the Great Recession, from which North Carolina has yet to recover, and you see Republican reformers on the sidewalk: Duck. You are in the bull’s-eye….
Businesses, and speaking for them, the N.C. Chamber, don’t want that payment. So toward the goal of paying the debt off quickly, the Chamber, and now some Republican lawmakers, propose to cut unemployment benefits to those out of work: The maximum benefit would go from $506 weekly to $350.
And just to add to the burden of joblessness a little more, the maximum number of weeks for benefits, 26, would be cut on a sliding scale to between 12 and 20 weeks….
This is about Republicans trying to take care of business, literally, and doing so on the backs of average people who are in trouble already. And contrary to what some in the GOP ranks may think, most of those receiving unemployment are not deadbeats goofing off until the benefits run out. That’s a harsh and unfair stereotype of people receiving a benefit that is hardly big money.
This idea is aimed at the wrong target, at the wrong time, and certainly in the wrong place.”
Read the entire editorial by clicking here.