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A challenge for NC’s Governor: Try living on $350 a week (Audio)

Posted By Clayton Henkel On January 28, 2013 @ 8:06 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

If you were laid off through no fault of your own, could you cover your rent or mortgage payment + utilities + food/travel expenses on $350 a week?

Community leaders and advocates for the unemployed are calling on Gov. Pat McCrory  and other legislators to try to live for one week on just $350 Рthe proposed maximum weekly jobless benefit that lawmakers are considering this session.

Rep. Julia Howard [1] wants the proposed legislation to reduce the weekly benefit amount and the duration of those UI benefits to take effect in July, to expedite the repayment of $2.4 billion owed to the federal government.

But Bill Rowe with the NC Justice Center [2]says fast-tracking the proposed changes (and the bill’s effective start date) would also mean an end to federally extended emergency jobless benefits, which were included in the recent deal to avert the fiscal cliff.

Rowe says a hasty decision by elected-officials would mean 80,000 North Carolinians lose federal jobless benefits, removing $25 million a week from the state’s economy.

For highlights from Monday’s press event outside the Old State Capitol in Raleigh, click below.

Activists will be in downtown Greensboro [3] Tuesday and in Charlotte [4] Wednesday, once again urging the Governor to take the $350 challenge.

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[1] Rep. Julia Howard: http://www.wral.com/howard-time-to-push-ahead-with-unemployment-reform/12022031/

[2] NC Justice Center : http://www.ncjustice.org/

[3] Greensboro: https://www.facebook.com/events/197491813725718/

[4] Charlotte: https://www.facebook.com/ncpolicywatch?ref=hl#!/events/417000045049733/

[5] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ2NuMydPJE

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