As the state commerce department continues to incorporate massive changes to its unemployment system, questions came from legislators Wednesday about why Gov. Pat McCrory hasn’t assembled a board to review disputed unemployment cases
A three-member review board was created in 2011 by the legislature to serve as the final review board for unemployment insurance cases, where either employers or workers feel their cases weren’t handled fairly.
“The law was clear, that the governor is to make appointments,” said Sen. Bob Rucho, a Charlotte Republican, in a legislative oversight hearing Wednesday about unemployment.
But neither McCrory, a Republican, nor his Democratic predecessor Bev Perdue ever made those appointments.
McCrory’s press office issued a written statement Wednesday afternoon saying that McCrory was reviewing the applications.
“The governor’s office is currently reviewing candidates and we will appoint the three members to the Unemployment Review Board,” McCrory spokesperson Ryan Tronovitch wrote in a written statement.
Tronovitch refused to answer questions about what was causing the delay, and when the appointments would be made.