Harry Payne sets the record straight:
In simple terms, 34,476 of the state’s almost 200,000 businesses have not paid the $2.5 billion in unemployment insurance premiums necessary to cover what their layoffs cost the system and state. Now the same business groups responsible for the excessive cuts to unemployment insurance premiums that drained the reserves want the very victims of this economy to pay the cost of re-filling it by forfeiting benefits.
And I bet a lot of those same employers also refused to purchase legally-required worker's compensation coverage. But all of that flies over the heads of the "business can do no wrong" Republican corporate-worshipping congregation. Here's a logic-deprived rebuttal from the NC Chamber, who have graciously accepted the task of writing our laws for us:
The editorial also misses the bigger picture that the responsibility to repay this debt falls squarely on North Carolina employers. Employees do not pay UI taxes. On Nov. 10, North Carolina missed another deadline to repay the federal UI loan, which leads to additional tax increases on businesses. This translates into a tax increase on every job from $63 to $84 per employee, and will continue to rise annually until the debt is paid.
No shit, Sherlock. The reason employers pay the taxes is because they are the ones who not only benefit from the labors of employees, they also make the decisions to hire and layoff said employees.
And when you lay off 1 out of 5 employees, is your production cut by 20%? Oh, hell no. The remaining 4 employees have to catch up the slack. And since you're probably not going to raise their pay for their increased duties, that extra you have to pay to cover UI benefits (that you caused) is a drop in the bucket compared to the money you're saving by writing that pink slip.
Frankly, I think it's time we start talking about recall elections. The GOP leadership in the General Assembly is abrogating their responsibilities by allowing lobbyists to craft Legislation that will be transformed into Statute, and the longer we let this travesty continue the less relevant our Constitution(s) are.