Although it’s still too early to tell what effects last year’s welfare reform initiative will have on North Carolina, similar policies put in place by the state of Maine in 2014 have already proved to be extremely successful in breaking the chains of poverty in the Pine Tree State. In July 2014, Republican Governor Paul LePage first announced that he would reinstate […]
Revenues for the current year are projected to finish $330 million above initial budget projections, according to the latest figures released by the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management and the legislature’s nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division. The latest revenue forecast also boosts projections for FY 2016-17 by $231 million above the certified budget. […]
A provision of House Bill 318, signed into law last month by Governor Pat McCrory, returns North Carolina to President Bill Clinton’s 1996 policy requiring that able-bodied adults meet some minimal work requirements in order to continue receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, commonly known as food stamps. President Clinton’s goal twenty years ago was to “end welfare […]
There’s nothing quite more thrilling for state government geeks (like us) than the annual publication of the General Assembly’s Summaries of Substantive Ratified Legislation. This weedy tome, of which only a few hundred are printed, is produced at the end of each legislative session by the good folks of the Research Division. The Research Division is a non-partisan central office […]
After the Obama administration ended North Carolina’s eligibility for an additional 99 weeks of federal unemployment benefits starting in July of 2013, the number of people taking jobs in the state has trended dramatically upward. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
[youtube_sc url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRd1H4HXv5M#t=520 rel=0 fs=1 autohide=1 modestbranding=1 width=590 ]Kelly McCullen reports for UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now and Legislative Week in Review on the General Assembly’s recent Unemployment Insurance reforms, including a fascinating interview with Assistant Commerce Secretary of Employment Security Dale Folwell. Follow Kelly McCullen on Twitter at @kellymccullen.
“How to Keep Poor People Poor” was written by Brian Balfour, Policy Director of the Civitas Institute. It was originally posted on January 2, 2014 and appears here with permission. If I wanted to keep poor people poor, there are several government policies I would favor. For starters, I would advocate for a robust and ever-expanding […]
From a December 11 Wall Street Journal editorial: “Some smart states have begun to resist Uncle Sam’s not-so-free unemployment benefits and loans. While the feds have financed longer unemployment benefits, states in return have had to agree not to cut recipients’ weekly payments. North Carolina, for example, was criticized as heartless for scaling back benefits […]
To be frank, sometimes legislation that’s passed by the General Assembly just isn’t, well…very exciting. Some bills do nothing more than make seemingly minor technical changes to an existing law or put clarifying language on the books so that the legislature’s intent is less ambiguous down the road. HB743, now law, is such a bill. […]
The following article was prepared by Representative Dean Arp to address some common questions regarding House Bill 392 (“Warrant Status/Drug Screening for Public Assistance”). Representative Arp was the primary sponsor of HB392. House Bill 392 was first passed by the General Assembly on July 25 but was later vetoed by Governor McCrory (click here to […]
Why did the legislature reject federal unemployment payments? This is a common misconception. The legislature did not reject these unemployment payments — the federal government refused to grant them to the citizens of North Carolina. State governments do not have the power or the authority to either pay federal benefits or take away federal benefits. […]
Isn’t it unfair to make people on welfare take a drug test? Most people applying for public assistance benefits will never be required to take a drug test. This would only be required in cases where there is reasonable suspicion to believe that the applicant is an active drug user. How do you define reasonable […]
A bill requiring that certain applicants for public assistance first pass a drug test (and in some cases a criminal background check) is one step closer to becoming law. Representative McGrady strongly supports the legislation. Dependent children would be exempt from these requirements. HB392 passed its final hurdle this evening when the House concurred with […]
Earlier this afternoon, the House approved sweeping reforms that will bring solvency to the state’s troubled unemployment insurance system while protecting benefit levels for those who are currently unemployed. Representative McGrady was a co-sponsor of the legislation. The result of months of negotiations and compromise, House Bill 4 sets up a mechanism to pay off a […]