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House Finance Committee rams through unemployment insurance rewrite

As expected, Republican members of the North Carolina House Finance Committee quickly approved a massive overhaul of state unemployment insurance law [1] this morning. In just over an hour and half, the Committee explained, debated, considered amendments to and received limited public comment on a 68-page measure that imposes the most draconian cuts to unemployment insurance that experts believe has ever happened in the United States. Gluttons for punishment can watch a video the whole embarrassing show at WRAL.com [2].

There were so many errors, untruths and offensive moments during  the meeting that it’s hard to know where to begin in describing it. Here are just a few:

In sum, the meeting was, as many had feared, a sad and embarrassing kangaroo session. It was also, in all likelihood, a preview of the kind of legislative “process” North Carolinians can look forward to over the coming months.