by Sam Hieb
JLF president John Hood makes the case in the Wall St. Journal:
A year ago, North Carolina became the first state in the nation to exit the federal government’s extended-benefits program for the unemployed. Facing the prospect of job-killing hikes in payroll taxes to pay back Washington, Gov. Pat McCrory and the state legislature instead reduced the amount and duration of unemployment-insurance benefits, which had been higher in North Carolina than in most states. As a result the state lost its eligibility to participate in the extended-benefits program on July 1, 2013.
….North Carolina didn’t descend into the Dickensian nightmare critics predicted. For the last six months of 2013, it was the only state where jobless recipients weren’t eligible for extended benefits. Yet during that period North Carolina had one of the nation’s largest improvements in labor-market performance and overall economic growth.
I can’t find it now —but I know (while I was dozing) I heard former Forsyth County representative and current assistant Secretary of Employment Security Dale Folwell tell WFDD the light was at the end of the tunnel on paying off the massive debt.