Unemployment Insurance

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    DPI says “noticeable increase” in fraudulent unemployment claims

    Courtesy of the Finance Officers’ Newsletter for October 14, 2016: I blame the presidential election.
    Terry Stoops, October 17, 2016
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    State officials hopeful that unemployment debt will be paid off early

    Dale Folwell It’s looking like North Carolina businesses will pay off their unemployment insurance debt to the federal government three months earlier than anticipated. According to a Division of Employment Security press release, the debt owed to the federal government to pay off borrowed unemployment benefit funds dropped…
    Barry Smith, July 14, 2014
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    What is reductio ad abstinentis? Let Paul Krugman demonstrate

    Reductio ad abstinentis — essentially, the hope that by completely ignoring an opponent’s point and saying nothing to answer it, that point will magically vanish. — As described in The Locker Room John Goodman’s blog today discusses the special problem for economists presented by Paul Krugman. Note that…
    Jon Sanders, September 11, 2013
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    It’s Krugman vs. Krugman on generous unemployment insurance!

    Krugman now: Paring back on generous unemployment benefits is cruel … and meanspirited! In general, modern conservatives believe that our national character is being sapped by social programs that, in the memorable words of Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, “turn the safety net into…
    Jon Sanders, July 1, 2013
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    How to debate North Carolina policy, by Paul “You’re mean!” Krugman

    It doesn’t take a Paul Krugman to know when Paul Krugman is mistaken. One item in which Krugman has been mistaken [edited to add: but not always!] is the link between generous unemployment benefits and lingering unemployment, as has been discussed here before. As economist…
    Jon Sanders, July 1, 2013
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    Mass killings = time to get a weapon

    Earlier this week, Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield of Wilson declared that changes to state unemployment benefits will produce “suicides and mass killings.” If she is right, then citizens need to arm themselves right quick.  Go to the National Rifle Association for more information. Get a weapon…before it’s too…
    Terry Stoops, February 8, 2013
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    The Deficit Pit of Unemployment Insurance

    In today’s Fiscal Update, Sarah Curry helpfully explains the history of Unemployment Insurance in North Carolina and how we’ve gotten into the mess we’re in.  She also suggests a way out, by reevaluating unemployment benefit levels – a difficult but right decision that the General Assembly needs to make…
    Julie Tisdale, February 5, 2013
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    First day of session brings an array of bill filings

    Lawmakers have wasted no time filing a number of bills that they hope will become law during the 2013 long session of the General Assembly. Companion bills that would change the state’s unemployment insurance program have been filed in both the Senate and the House.  Click here to see…
    Barry Smith, January 30, 2013