The number of unemployed North Carolina workers who waited longer than three weeks for their initial benefit check increased after a new unemployment insurance law took effect last summer.
Leaders with the North Carolina Commerce Department's Division of Employment Security say the delays are largely due to new procedures put in place to cut down on millions of dollars in over-payments to unemployed workers who are ineligible for benefits or are trying to game the system.
"The last thing an unemployed worker needs is for us to send them a letter asking for money back," said Dale Folwell, a former lawmaker who now heads the division.
No, the last thing an unemployed worker needs is to receive no money at all to feed his or her family. You may be making your job easier by cutting down on future appeals for a small percent of those claimants, but you're punishing a large percent of families to achieve that. That's not "reform", it's gross mismanagement and a failure to provide a statutory requirement:
Submitted by Rick Vogel on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 9:15pm
Brad Plumer of Wonkblog has a really hard time supporting the theory of one of his sources in his ostensibly well meaning look at the problems associated with the slashing of unemployment benefits in NC.
1) Many workers may have dropped out of the labor force.
2) ...or perhaps employment actually increased.
His problems arise big time when he is taken to task by an unusually large number of unusually well informed readers concerning theory 2. The backpedaling begins almost immediately with the first couple of comments. The article and most importantly the comments are well worth a read. See link below to connect.
Submitted by scharrison on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 7:39pm
And the forehead smacks continue:
NCCapitol 4:52pm via Web
Former Rep. Dale Folwell, R-Forsyth, to lead Employment Security under Sec. Sharon Decker. #ncga #ncpol
This is beginning to look like a sitcom or a really irritating reality show. You hate children? How about a job running a day-care center! Can't swim? Lifeguard! Allergic to peanuts? A taste-tester at a nut-cluster factory! (Yes, there is such a place, I saw it on PBS the other day). You are ideologically opposed to laid-off workers receiving unemployment benefits? You can run the Employment Security Commission!
Naturally, if you make the unemployed even more desperate more quickly, the "job creators" will respond by hiring all of them at the same wages they were being paid before they were laid off, or even perhaps at a higher wage, because that is the way "job creators" always have operated in this exceptional country of ours. Otherwise, one might suggest that the governor has decided that it's North Carolina's turn to prance around in Mississippi drag.
As much as I hate to say it, I think we can expect much more negative national attention, and probably more than our fair share of negative international attention. But I doubt it will have much impact on the behavior of Republicans here, as reality isn't their strong suit.
The bill, which is up for its final vote in the Senate today, passed 36-13 on Tuesday. Joining the Republicans were Democrats: Ben Clark of Cumberland County, Clark Jenkins of Bertie County, Gene McLaurin of Anson County and Michael Walters of Columbus County.
When the bill passed the House last week, it also received support from Democrats — three to be exact: William Brisson of Bladen County, Ken Goodman of Hoke County and Paul Tine of Beaufort County.
And they should have received an immediate phone call (or face-to-face) with our new Chairman, and be forced to explain why they would take part in such a horrible action. As far as I'm concerned, they should be forced out of the Party. Somebody needs to stand up for not only those families but the integrity of the Party itself.
At present, about 81,000 people are receiving those benefits, which bring about $100 million into the state's economy every month. Despite that impact, House and Senate leaders say they won't delay the overhaul. McCrory said he won't delay it, either. "I refuse to let us continue to live off of a credit card. We're going to pay off the credit card. We're going to change the rules and policies," he said.
You mean, you refuse to let families of the unemployed live off a credit card. And when those home foreclosure notices start rolling in, where will McCrory and other Republican leaders be? Probably at some fundraising function in a McMansion or four-star restaurant, talking about how people "need to live within their means." They couldn't be more removed from reality if they tried.
Community leaders and advocates for the unemployed are calling on Gov. Pat McCrory to live for one week on the maximum employment benefit of $350 weekly that lawmakers are considering. Challenge sponsor Action NC will hold a news conference Monday in Raleigh. Action NC policy director Kevin Rogers says McCrory doesn't understand what it's like to live on so little money.
And for those who are so removed from reality they have their accountant balance their checkbook: if your monthly mortgage is $1,050, your light bill is $200, your cable bill is $100, and your cell phone costs $50, well. You better hope you're invited to a dinner party every night, 'cause you got nothin' left for groceries.
If the expiration occurs, North Carolinians would receive up to 26 weeks of regular state benefits rather than what had been up to 99 weeks of state and federal benefits. This means anyone whose job was terminated or ended after June 30 will not get any more federal unemployment benefits.
Leaving them to rely exclusively on the absent sympathy of NC Republicans:
“This economic expansion is certainly a welcome announcement, but it is a slap in the face for (Sen.) Phil Berger to support job creation in his own district but block jobs for people elsewhere in the state,” state Democratic Party Chairman David Parker said before the announcement.
And in response to his weak argument trying to justify his actions:
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