North Carolina Governor and Legislatures: Give back Federal Unemployment Benefits!
  • Petitioning Gov. Pat McCrory

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Governor of North Carolina
Gov. Pat McCrory
NC Legislatures
All NC Legislatures

North Carolina Governor and Legislatures: Give back Federal Unemployment Benefits!

    1. shaun marso
    2. Petition by

      shaun marso

      Goldsboro, NC

North Carolina is about to become the first state in the Nation to not only cut off unemployment benefits offered by the federal government, but also give the Governor's cabinet an 8% pay increase. On July 1st 2013, a new law regarding state unemployment benefits will go into effect. The state is reducing the maximum unemployment benefits to only $350 per week and for no longer than 12-20 weeks. Due to this change, the state will no longer be eligible for the much needed federal unemployment benefit extension.

The governor and legistature say this change is needed becuause North Carolina owes the federal government approximately $2.5 billion in loans for maintaining the emergency unemployment extension program. However, neither the governor nor the legislature has done ANYTHING to create jobs, has voted itself pay increases, has eliminated the state child tax credit, and ironically is set to close 40 of the states unemployment offices. The average time for a person newly unemployed to find work nationally is now 36 weeks, and many are having trouble for much longer. The governor has taken the last lifeline that many unemployed people have and cut the strings to their benefits and left them to suffer without food, housing, or any means to an income in an already floundering state economy which he has failed to improve. With an estimated 80,000 long term unemployed already set to lose benefits, and the untold thousands that are not longer considered "unemployed" because their benefits have already been exhausted or they have given up locating work, the state is about to experience and even worse economic crisis. Thousands more are set to lose their jobs due to state cutbacks and they will be joining the unemployed as well. Governor McCrory, reinstate the state unemployment program so your citizens may receive their federal unemployment benefits they paid taxes to support for years. North Carolina does not need to cut benefits to those who earned them, the state needs to cut its wasteful spending on items such as 8% pay increases to YOUR cabinet while laying off thousands of employees. The state appears to have its priorities backwards when we are more concerned with giving the Carolina Panthers football team $87.5 million in taxpayer dollars for stadium renovations instead of investing that type of taxpayer dollars into the economy to create jobs for your growing unemployed.

To:
Gov. Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina
All NC Legislatures, NC Legislatures
Tell the N.C. Governor to give back Federal Unemployment Benefits

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. CBS Evening News

      shaun marso
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your continued support with this petition. Even though the law has been passed, I am going to continue to gather signatures to present to the governor. As of July 2, CBS Evening News interviewed me about my personal situation and thoughts on this new law. I am not sure of the air date just yet, but I wanted to give everyone hope. This issue is gaining national attention and does not appear to be slowing down. I will keep you informed when the episode is to air on television. Today the crew is interviewing the governor and will be editing the episode to air later this week (tentatively).

    3. Reached 5,000 signatures
    4. NC workers outnumber available jobs 3:1. Not enough jobs to go around

      shaun marso
      Petition Organizer
    5. Another Petition for Unemployment taken up by NCJustice.org

      shaun marso
      Petition Organizer

      If you want your voice to be heard even more clearly, please also follow the link below to sign a petition by NCJustice.org. This is a non profit organization fighting for the rights of every North Caroinian.
      http://action.ncjustice.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/index.sjs?action_KEY=11010

      Home | NC Justice Center

      The North Carolina Justice Center is the state's leading research and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming North Carolina's prosperity into opportunity for all. Our mission is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs in order to enjoy economic security.

    6. Reached 4,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • maria williams RALEIGH, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      Unemployment changes are not helping North Carolina, it's hurting it. And for those of us who are not "abusing" the system are paying for this 8% salary increase of those who are gainfully employed.

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    • Daphne Hill PITTSBORO, NC
      • 2 months ago

      Cutting these earned benefits will result in homelessness, hunger, and desperation. These are Federal benefits. How dare the governor of NC decide that out of work North Carolinians have not earned the benefits. We've all paid in. They've been earned not given.

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    • Dr. Laine Goldman WINSTON-SALEM, NC
      • 2 months ago

      I am one of the many state employees who worked for eight years and not only saw a reduction in benefits, but have seen little in the way of job creation in North Carolina.

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    • Debra Wolford JERSEY CITY, NJ
      • 3 months ago

      Let me tell you a few things. I worked for a Japanese Bank for 15 years and lost my job. I did not ask for this to happen. I am 55 years old and the mother of a United States Marine. I have been looking for a job and can't find one. You make someone hire me. Or you give me your pay check so I can pay my bills, so I won't become homeless and lose everything I own including my Marines belongings. If I become homeless he will not have a home to come back too. He is protecting your lame asses too. I need that extension so I can stay afloat and keep a roof over my head. What is wrong with all you. See if you can live without any money coming in. It is after all our Federal Tax paying dollars that pay your salary. I am not lazy and I am not milking the system. How dare you say that. I have been working since I was 14 years old. That's 41 years in case you can't calculate it. I will change all my bills into your name and have them sent to one of your offices for you to pay. Let's see how that grabs you. Pay my bills or tell someone to hire me. Semper Fi

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    • Juliana Ferguson CANDLER, NC
      • 3 months ago

      I've worked and paid taxes for over 20 years...when I need the programs that I have paid into for two decades, the powers-that-be decide to cut the amount and time length to receive those benefits. There is no reason that NC should have lost federal extensions that cost NC NOTHING!!!

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