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Still struggling with high unemployment, North Carolina owes the federal government $2.56 billion borrowed for unemployment insurance during the recession. And the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Republican legislators have an answer for that: slash benefits to jobless people so that businesses don't have to pay higher state unemployment taxes.
Among other changes, the proposal calls for cutting the maximum benefits paid to unemployed workers from $535 a week to $350. The changes in unemployment benefits would go into effect July 1 if the proposal becomes law, although those currently receiving benefits wouldn’t be impacted. [...]

The proposal also would reduce the maximum weeks of benefits from 26 to a sliding scale of between 12 and 20 weeks, depending on the prevailing unemployment rate.

The bill has been voted out of committee and will come before the full legislature later in the month.

This is in a state with 9.1 percent unemployment. Proponents of the bill say that since it cuts the top rate of unemployment benefits, it will only hurt high-income people, but according to the National Employment Law Project's George Wentworth, it could affect people making around $52,000 a year.

These massive cuts to the amount and length of benefits will enable North Carolina to pay off its debt to the federal government in 2015 instead of 2018. By contrast, many of the people who face lower benefits for fewer weeks in a high-unemployment state may never fully recover.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:11 PM PST.

Also republished by North Carolina BLUE and Daily Kos.

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  •  $535 a week unemployment? (3+ / 0-)
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    avsp, mindara, NoMoreLies

    That is more than most states pay. I think here in Md they pay around 350 wk. Still all the unemployed white rednecks who voted for a republican governor enjoy your cut!

  •  An unemplyed person who (1+ / 0-)
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    mindara

    used to make 52K a year is now high income in NC? Pretty soon I'll be the new Giselle Bundchen.

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:53:34 PM PST

  •  Art Pope ! (who?) is Gov McRory's Budget Head (4+ / 0-)
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    mindara, We Won, RoIn, stellaluna

    Who is Art Pope? Those of you not from N.C. might ask.  An exact analogy would be if Mitt Romney had won the Presidency and appointed David Koch his administration's budget director.  Art Pope is the extremely wealthy head of a department-store chain fortune, whose political orientation is very similar to the Koches and who similarly provides generous financing to hard-right (economic libertarian flavor) politicians and organizations within North Carolina.  Art Pope is who incoming GOP governor Pat McCrory named to be his Budget Director.

    •  Art Pope is Governor (1+ / 0-)
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      stellaluna

      Pat McCrory will just be spending the next four years saying "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."

      “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

      by RoIn on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 03:33:22 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Art Pope is the worst thing to happen to NC (0+ / 0-)

      ever. He will take a somewhat progressive southern state and turn us into the most backward, uneducated poor state in the nation. All the better to provide employees and customers at his low rent chain retail stores. Stores completely filled with tacky cheap items from China.  

      "Speak the TRUTH, even if your voice shakes."

      by stellaluna on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 04:49:39 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Lots of Obama + McCrory cross-votes: reason (5+ / 0-)

      If you compare the total raw 2012 vote totals in N.C. from the Presidential race to the Governor's race, it's obvious that over 5% of McRory's total vote, perhaps as many as 8%, came from people who voted for BOTH Obama AND McRory.

      2012 NC Presidential:
      Romney 2,270,395
      Obama 2,178,391

      2012 NC Governor:
      McRory: 2,440,707
      Dalton: 1,931,580

      difference Romney v. Obama: 92,004
      difference McCrory v. Dalton: 509,127
      difference GOP presidential vs governor: - 417,123
      difference Romney v. McCrory: - 170, 312
      difference Obama v. Dalton: +246,811
      TOTAL governor vote McCrory + Dalton:  4,372,287
      TOTAL presidential vote Romney + Obama:  4, 448,786
      difference TOTAL vote governor v presidential: 76,499

      SOME voters probably voted for McRory + the liberarian presidential candidate.  SOME voters may have voted Obama and under-voted (no-voted) in the state races.  However, the above figures make it extremely doubtful that the presidential vs governor vote discrepancy can be explained by Obama undervotes or GOP split votes between McCrory and 3rd party candidates.

      CONCLUSION: Likely somewhere between 100k and 170k voters cross-voted for both McCrory and Obama.  REASON: Many voters (including any remaining self-identified GOP "moderates") bought McCrory's image as a pragmatic moderate (which he sort of was for a Republican during his earlier days as Charlotte mayor) rather than his later somewhat under-the-radar conversion to the hard-right end of Chamber-of-Commerce Republicanism, with its electoral alliance with social conservatives.

      •  McCrory was always a Duke Power guy, (5+ / 0-)

        corporate to the core & more than willing to buy off the social conservatives.

        look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

        by FishOutofWater on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 05:58:21 PM PST

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      •  I'd be curious (1+ / 0-)
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        blue in NC

        to see the county breakdown of cross-votes for McCrory and Obama.  I'd bet a good chunk were in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County.  As mayor he was moderate for a Southern Republican, and I think still has a fairly benign image here among voters who haven't followed his recent conversion.

        I'm still throwing up a little in my mouth every time I hear "Governor McCrory."  Can't wait to see what he does with the ACA.  It won't be good either.

         I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by SteelerGrrl on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:51:49 PM PST

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        •  McCrory Only Barely Won Mecklenburg... (3+ / 0-)
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          SteelerGrrl, polecat, blue in NC

          ...and even that was with a plurality:

          Walter H. Dalton (DEM)            216,826     48.77%    
          Pat McCrory (REP)                    219,927     49.46%    
          Barbara Howe (LIB)                    7,758     1.74%    
          Donald Kreamer (Write-in)                       0         0.00%    
          Write-in (miscellaneous)                   121     0.03%

          He lost Mecklenberg, albeit narrowly in 2008.

          Had Dalton been a strong candidate I suspect McCrory would have lost his home county again in 2012.

          “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

          by RoIn on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:58:12 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Pope Bankrolled Resegregation Of Wake Co. Schools (6+ / 0-)

      That has been pushed back quite a bit, in no small part to the hilarious high drama affair of two of the Tea Party school board members who have been revealed as complete loons whose personal lives are out of control.

      There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

      by bernardpliers on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:23:44 PM PST

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      •  Now he's going statewide with charter schools (4+ / 0-)
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        Aquarius40, Cyndiannp, polecat, blue in NC

        NC's cap on charter schools is gone. Durham already has 10 of the state's 100 charter schools, but with the cap gone, there are applications for 11 more charters in Durham alone.

        If approved,  Durham will lose funds for it's schools to the charters, likely leading to the closing of some public schools. Since all charters are administered from Raleigh, it also means losing local control along with local tax dollars.

        Re-segregation, loss of local (Democratic) control, and the closing of public schools - it's a Republican dream come true.

        Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

        by bear83 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:32:37 PM PST

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        •  In fact, many of the charteres are the worst of (2+ / 0-)
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          jimcbq, bear83

          the bad: ie, for-profit charters.  Some of them are even online for-profit charters. For kids as young as kindergarten age. No more group play, no more story hour...no, just more staring at a computer screen while profiteers suck down the tax dollars that used to fund our public schools.

          Of course, we knew it was coming to this. All along I've been warning people that the "heroic" charter schools were nothing more than organized theft from the already-struggling public school systems in the state. It's a chilling example of the "Norquist Principle': starve the public schools of money (and students)...quality declines, size shrinks, and eventually public education in our state can be "drowned in a bathtub".

          "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

          by blue in NC on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 04:54:59 AM PST

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  •  The irony, of course (8+ / 0-)

    is that massive cuts to state budgets have hurt job retraining programs, which make it more likely that people will be long-term unemployed.

    And, they also mean state unemployment agencies are understaffed, meaning that the work search requirements often become unenforceable.

    28, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 05:53:44 PM PST

  •  These state unemployment debts should be forgiven (8+ / 0-)

    instead of beating up on the unemployed.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:00:10 PM PST

    •  You KNOW the legislature would've cut anyway. (3+ / 0-)
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      bear83, sethtriggs, blue in NC

      Same Sh•t, Different Justification.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:11:30 PM PST

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    •  At 15%, if the unemployed could get (0+ / 0-)

      organized they could beat up on the politicians.

      -- We are just regular people informed on issues

      by mike101 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:24:17 PM PST

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    •  The state dug it's own hole (1+ / 0-)
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      Mr Robert

      The UI trust fund looked great in the 90's with money from employers flowing in and low unemployment rates keeping that money in the bank.

      So businesses pressured the legislature to cut the UI tax and stop saving for a rainy day - and they did so, more than once.

      The rainy day came in the form of the Great Recession, the UI trust fund got wiped out, and businesses whined that it was a terrible time to raise UI taxes to replenish the UI fund. After all, there's never a good time to raise taxes on businesses - just ask them.

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:38:44 PM PST

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    •  Why is it... (2+ / 0-)
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      mike101, polecat

      that when they take that deduction out of our paychecks, it's called Unemployment Insurance? But when we are forced to start using that insurance, it suddenly becomes some huge burden to society and we start calling it benefits? I'm surprised they are calling it an entitlement!

      Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

      by reflectionsv37 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:12:32 PM PST

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    •  It should not be forgiven... (1+ / 0-)
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      mike101

      ...because doing so would just provide an incentive for states to underfund their unemployment insurance programs.  And you can bet that the states that would be most likely to do so would be red states.

      In an ideal world, what we would do is just federalize unemployment completely -- the federal government would set the fees charged on employers, and would determine the benefits level.  We could take the states completely out of the equation and get rid of nonsense like we had here in Texas before the recession, when the state actually quit charging employers any premiums at all for about a year.

      Unfrotunately, I know that the idea of federalizing the unemployment system is a political nonstarter.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:24:23 PM PST

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  •  No two ways about it, NC is in a world of hurt. (10+ / 0-)

    Truth is, most people here have no clue what is about to hit them.

    Clue number 1.  Voting for Democrats is about to become harder to do, via Voter ID.  Isn't that the first thing that Republican thugs do when they get in office?

    •  Connecting the Dots (3+ / 0-)
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      bear83, Cyndiannp, blue in NC

      More and more NC is becoming ground zero for the disaster that was the 2010 midterm elections.  It is about the become the poster child for what happens when Democrats and progressives don't vote.

      “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

      by RoIn on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:43:09 PM PST

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  •  The next four years are going to SUCK! (2+ / 0-)
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    SteelerGrrl, Cyndiannp

    Thank you DSCC for F•CKING us over in 2010.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:10:26 PM PST

    •  What did the DSCC do? (4+ / 0-)

      I somehow doubt that they told the voters to install a hard-right Republican legislature and a GOP governor. Sorry, I just have very limited sympathy for people don't pay attention and vote against their own best interests.

      If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

      by MikePhoenix on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:24:49 PM PST

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      •  The DSCC (5+ / 0-)

        In 2010 the DSCC did not get the candidate they wanted to run against Richard Burr and as a result they did virtually nothing to help the nominee Elaine Marshall.  This casued turnout among Democrats to fall which enabled Republicans to win majorities in both houses of the legislature and then gerrymander the hell out of it in redistricting.  That redistricting enabled Repugs to win super majorities in both houses in 2012.

        The DSCC's actions do not excuse Democrats from not voting in 2010 but their indifference to what would have been a competitive Senate election was inexcusable.

        “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

        by RoIn on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:47:35 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  It's worse than that. (4+ / 0-)

          Elaine Marshall was the first woman in NC history to win a statewide election and was (is) Secretary of State.

          She had already entered the race and then the DSCC recruited Cal Cunningham (a DLC-type) into the race.  They channeled a lot of money to him.

          In the Primary she won, but didn't win by the needed 10% -- she only beat him by 9% so there was a runoff.  He could have skipped that but didn't, instead forcing her to spend additional money on that runoff.  THEN after losing it badly, Cunningham's support from the DSCC completely dried up.  And in fact so did all of NC's support.  So in addition to draining the NC Democrats of money for a needless primary and runoff, then they decided to leave us to our own devices (and the Republicans, courtesy of Citizens United spend serious money here) and the Republicans who won both halves of the Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction.

          After that, our embattled Governor (Bev Perdue) was the only thing keeping the Republican Legislature at bay, and they managed to bring her down, as well as cutting education by large amounts.  In 2012 Walter Dalton, a relative unknown ran for Governor to replace her but was soundly beaten by a crypto-Tea Bagger named McCrory (former Charlotte Mayor).

          The GOP now owns the whole shooting match: Legislature, Governor's Office, and the State Supreme Court.  Quick reversal since 2008 when Obama won North Carolina.  And they've Gerrymandered themselves in really well. (State and District level.)  The money they spent in 2010 has reaped huge dividends for the next Decade, possibly two.

          If the DSCC had actually given a flying f•ck, and if Democrats hadn't been running away from ACA as fast as they could go, we might not be in this situation.  Obama doesn't do midterm elections, apparently.

          So we were screwed by the national Democratic Party, potentially for a generation.

          Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
          I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
          —Spike Milligan

          by polecat on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:51:39 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  The DCCC did pretty much the same in NH-1 in 06 (3+ / 0-)
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          blue in NC, polecat, wintergreen8694

          When the grassroots candidate beat the DCCC-backed candidate in the primary, they turned their back on her. She didn't get a dime from them in the general election. They apparently would rather the Republicans keep the NH-1 than allow it to fall into the hands of an actual progressive candidate.

          Let that sink in for a second....

          The wind of fascism can blow me.

          by deoll on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 04:38:49 AM PST

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      •  If I had a dollar for every person (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        polecat

        who said "I'm voting for Pat McCrory because he was a good mayor and worked with both sides and is a really moderate Republican", I'd be a millionaire.

        It was obvious to anybody with brain function above the stem that McCrory had seen the yellow gold brick road to PAC funding, and had lurched over the right side of the cliff long before the 2012 election. It made me want to scream.

        It was one of the most discouraging examples of Teh Stupid I've ever encountered.

        "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

        by blue in NC on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 05:01:07 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Our state is is serious, serious trouble. (9+ / 0-)

    As folks have commented upthread, a guy named Art Pope runs our state. The Romney/Koch analogy was a good one. There are more analogies. Pope's retail empire is so trashy that his various chains make WalMart look like Nieman-Marcus or Nordstrom. If it didn't make me look like a paranoid conspiracy theorist, I'd actually posit that Pope wants the population of North Carolina to be so poor that they can't even afford WalMart, so that they will all be forced to buy from him.

    McCrory, meanwhile, really thinks he's Scott Walker. He stopped being "moderate" somewhere around 2002, after Bush came into office and McCrory started getting cozy with him on homeland security issues and began to jet-set back and forth to Washington on a regular basis. He began to attack the black population of Charlotte, in his famous "thugs" comment, and became overtly hostile to the growing gay population in his city.

    After his first failed run for governor in 2008, McCrory lurched further to the right because he saw money in it. He sold himself to Americans for Prosperity, accepting lots of money and serving as their spokesman on various issues.

    Not only did he elevate Art Pope to the level of budget director, he has filled his administration with the worst of the bad. He has appointed an environmental profiteer and climate-change denier to head the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and appointed a sworn enemy of DENR to the Assistant Secretary position. He appointed a dismal failure of a rightwing suckup to head the Department of Transportation; the guy is so worthless that he'd been fired as Wake County Superintendent of Schools for not even being able to coordinate the school bus system. Speaks well of his "transportation" expertise, eh? McCrory couldn't even pronounce his name correctly when he introduced him (it's Tata, pronounced "tay-ta"), leading insiders to believe that McCrory had never even met him and that Tata had instead been hired directly by Pope.

    Finally, there's the legislature. Both chambers are not only Republican, they're extreme lunatic-fringe rightwing teabag Republican. Art Pope bought as many as several dozen seats in 2010, and added a few more in 2012. The "leadership" said recently - yesterday, I believe - that North Carolina was the least unionized state in the country, that they were proud of that fact, and that they would work to reduce union presence even further.

    God help our state. This really is the apocalypse.

    "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

    by blue in NC on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:12:36 PM PST

    •  Wait a minute..Tata? (1+ / 0-)
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      Mr Robert

      Is he related to the Tata family that owns India's Tata Group?

      That's a $90 billion family-owned business, not to mention one of the world's largest auto manufacturers, owner of Jaguar and developer of the ultra-low priced Tata Nano for the Indian market.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:36:35 PM PST

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  •  Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses? (2+ / 0-)
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    tardis10, blue in NC

    Are there no fields awaiting hands to till them?

    150 years later and these people are still pinning their hopes on the return of slavery.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:17:55 PM PST

  •  The Gerrymandered GOP Supermajority (3+ / 0-)
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    bear83, polecat, blue in NC

    Is this the "tyranny" we've been hearing about?

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:24:39 PM PST

  •  Don't know how far $535 goes in N. Carolina, (4+ / 0-)

    but my Chicagoland max was $400 + $150 for having two dependent children which didn't go very far at all.

    And --- those higher level benefits remain a fraction of your employed income while mortgage payments, utilities bills, etc don't go away.

    We adjust as much as we can, but it takes a little time and some things just don't budge.

    Have people forgotten all of the reasons for unemployment insurance?  It's not just a matter of being humane.  The economy functions better when people are able to find jobs that fit their skills and their dreams.

    Sure, people turn down crappy jobs when they're collecting unemployment.  That's a good thing.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:30:34 PM PST

  •  Only, the beginning... (3+ / 0-)
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    bear83, Mr Robert, polecat

    What's at stake in NC?

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:33:09 PM PST

  •  I've got to say, I can't quite jump on the (0+ / 0-)

    wagon of automatic condemnation of this one.  I just received a notice that the unemployment rate for my business is going from 2.9% to over 15%.  If it's similar in NC, you bet it will indeed impact jobs.  We pay 8.45% payroll tax, workers' comp insurance premium.  If unemployment goes up to 15%, that means it will cost ALL employers, not just the big ones or profitable ones, well over 25% of the employee wages in taxes.  There's virtually no way my little business can absorb this increase; it will Have to mean a cut in hours.

    While I understand it's tough to live on unemployment, more than $500 a week seems higher than I've ever heard anyone getting.  If it's only the top that's cut, not those getting lesser amounts, this might be one of the only options available.

    "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

    by gustynpip on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:36:19 PM PST

    •  Anybody getting more than $350/week will get cut (1+ / 0-)
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      polecat

      That translates roughly to someone who had been making about $40K/year.

      And remember, unemployment benefits are taxable at both federal and state levels, so about 15% of the payment is gone before the check goes out.

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:52:00 PM PST

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  •  This sad news does not surprise me. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bear83

    My dearest sissy (best friend) lives in Claremont, She's married to a NC redneck who is now brain damaged due to seizures brought on by smoking, drinking and other chemical abuse. She just got him on Medicaid. She is also fighting to keep their home (only breadwinner). He is an absolute political imbecile--never voted and if he did, it would be for a Repuke.

    My pal is a country gal who is very smart and politically aware. However, she split her votes between Obama and the Repuke who won the guvenor's seat. The Democrat who held that office-Perdue-pissed off a lot of folks in NC. The Democrats need better people to run--they do that and they will win/keep the seats here in the deep South.

    Inner and Outer Space: the Final Frontiers.

    by orlbucfan on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:44:56 PM PST

    •  Perdue did poison the well for Dems in 2012 (2+ / 0-)
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      RoIn, polecat

      especially by not declaring that she wasn't running for re-election until Jan or Feb 2012, leaving little time for quality Democratic candidates to assemble a statewide campaign.

      I feel pretty good about 2016 though. I expect the Teabagger legislature and Gov McPope to really open some people's eyes around NC. The legislature may be protected by gerrymandering, but Gov. McPope isn't. Democrats just need quality candidates to turn back the tide.

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:56:43 PM PST

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      •  Roy Cooper (3+ / 0-)
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        bear83, polecat, blue in NC

        I think AG Roy Cooper would be a strong candidate.  The problem is that he has rather consistently shown a reluctance to run for higher office, passing over Senate runs in 2008 and 2010, and declining a run for governor in 2012 (although Perdue's late announcement may have had something to do with that).

        in 2012 he ran for his fourth AG term unopposed.

        “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

        by RoIn on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:09:19 PM PST

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        •  Cooper would be a strong candidate (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          polecat, blue in NC

          He will be 59 in 2016 - plenty young enough to move up to the Governor's mansion.

          Brad Miller is another possibility. A true progressive running for NC governor would be something to see.

          Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

          by bear83 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:59:01 PM PST

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  •  I was on NC UE for all 99 weeks (0+ / 0-)

    From June 2007 until March 2010 I went through all 99 weeks of UE benefits. I was at the top level at that time $457/week. I had a nice apartment for the town I lived in, but it was still only $680/month when I moved in and maxed out at $785 when I moved out. I also had $50/month in cable bills and another $52/month in water/sewage. I looked all these figures up in my check register to be sure I had accurate numbers before I commented.

    Over that time I was struggling to find work due to a profound hearing loss and the economy. I was stretching benefits by buying a lot of food and other stuff on credit. That's how I managed to stretch the money to last that long.

    I didn't eat out save for very occasionally and then only at places with lunch specials where I could get in and out for $10 including tip. I don't drink or smoke though for the first year I was doing both in moderate amounts <$100/month combined.

    When I moved to California as my benefits were expiring I took a room at my sisters. By August 2010 my cards were basically maxed out and I was literally one month from qualifying for welfare. I was already on food stamps. I got lucky and got disability at that point and now actually have returned to work due to surgery to restore my hearing, but I can't even imagine what I would have done if my benefit had been cut that much and I was living a modest lifestyle with no dependents.

    Hope the folks still struggling in NC don't get seriously screwed by this move.

    Progress 365 not just a slogan a goal - 300 progressive seats in the House and 65 progressive seats in the Senate.

    by jusjtim35 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 08:00:33 PM PST

  •  U of NC supports 8 Limbaugh stations kicking union (1+ / 0-)
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    ass all day.

    those stations are an integral part of the state GOP messaging and will continue to be coordinated on the local level through the local blowhards, to spread the lies and propaganda.

    what the fuck is wrong with this picture?

    like in wisconsin (2 limbaugh stations) and michigan/m state (10 limbaugh stations) those stations piggyback those unis for community cred and ad $ and work for the GOP and US chamber of commerce, and it needs to end, or progressives will just have to keep working 10x as hard as a few  ayn randian idiots with big microphones.

    https://sites.google.com/...

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 10:28:53 PM PST

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