NC Republicans proposing $50 weekly jobless benefit increase

NC Republicans proposing $50 weekly jobless benefit increase
North Carolina Republicans at the General Assembly say they’re committed to raising state unemployment benefits for all beneficiaries by $50 a week when they soon reconvene. (Source: WVIR)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Republicans at the General Assembly say they’re committed to raising state unemployment benefits for all beneficiaries by $50 a week when they soon reconvene.

GOP leaders disclosed their agreement on Friday as they prepare to meet next week, chiefly to distribute yet-used COVID-19 relief dollars that Congress approved.

North Carolina’s state unemployment benefits currently are capped at $350 per week.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper urged lawmakers this month to raise the maximum weekly benefit to $500 and expand the number of benefit weeks.

Any benefit legislation would still be subject to Cooper’s signature or veto.

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