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Rep. Martin: Benefits cutoff “shortsighted and callous” (audio)

July 1st marks the start of major changes to North Carolina’s unemployment insurance system. Extended federal unemployment benefits for 70,000 North Carolinians came to an end on Sunday.

For those who find themselves jobless moving forward, they will receive smaller unemployment checks with those benefits lasting for a much shorter period.

Rep. Grier Martin says with an unemployment rate of  8.8 percent, North Carolina is making a mistake to prematurely end the federal extension of benefits:

“This is both shortsighted and callous. It makes no sense from a moral point of view, and I really don’t think it makes sense from an economic point of view,” explained Martin over the weekend on News & Views.

The decision to cutoff aid to the long-term jobless comes at a time that unemployed workers in the Tar Heel state outnumber available jobs by three-to-one.

Rep. Martin discusses the impact of the benefits cutoff on the economy below. To hear the full interview with the Wake County representative’s thoughts on state budget negotiations and tax reform, visit the Radio Interview section of the NC Policy Watch website where you can download a podcast or listen online.
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5 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    July 1, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Rep Martin, read the dashboard, NC is in debt to the tune of FIVE BILLION dollars to unemployment. This is a result Bev and the Democrats lack of oversight and corruption. Thousands of claims were paid to folks not eligible. How are you going to solve the debt problem, ignore it?

  2. Bill Current

    July 1, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Hello Grier. Your concerns have merit. However, please share your plan for stopping future debt to the Fed. and paying off the present. The interest is not sustainable. Also, I know without any doubt that this program is abused greatly. Hooking people on undeserved checks is not a wise thing to do!regards, Bill

  3. The Avenger

    July 1, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Good for Rep. Grier Martin for saying the truth. I see the Civitas trolls are still on the payroll. I do hope they will feel the bite of their own callus policies.

  4. Doug

    July 1, 2013 at 10:40 am

    The headline has it backwards. The NCGA is working to preserve programs, you know instilling some fiscal restraint to a program that is not meant to serve years of unemployment. Once we pay back the debt and get prepared for the next recession you will see the effects when we are better able to handle the next recession.

  5. david esmay

    July 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    The NCGA is working to turn NC into a feudal society of haves, have mores, and have nothings.