Well, North Carolina has trumped it’s neighbor to the south in asshattery:
RALEIGH, N.C. With changes to its unemployment law taking effect this weekend, North Carolina not only is cutting benefits for those who file new claims, it will become the first state disqualified from a federal compensation program for the long-term jobless.
With the changes to North Carolina law, state benefits will last three to five months – at the longer end when unemployment rates are higher. Qualifying for benefits becomes more difficult. Weekly payments for those collecting the current maximum benefit of $535 drop to $350, falling from the highest in the Southeast to comparable with neighboring states.
Surely the debtor’s prisons (privatized, natch!) cannot be far away…and Art Pope chuckles as he drops more money into his (and his buds’) wallets.