House Bill 4 on its way to the governor for approval.
A bill introduced in the North Carolina House of Representatives will make drastic changes to the state's unemployment benefits as well as cause business owners to pay higher taxes. The unemployment overhaul bill, known as House Bill 4, passed in the House last Tuesday along partisan lines in a 77- 42 vote. The bill passed its third reading in the Senate on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
According to Republican House Representative Roger West, who presides over Macon, Clay, Graham, and Cherokee counties, the main objective of the bill is to begin paying off the $2.7 billion debt N.C. owes to the federal government. “We have to repay the $2.7 billion we owe the federal government, it has to be paid off,” said West on Monday. “In order to do that, we looked at cutting the number of weeks, the amount given out as well as raising employers’ contribution to the program.”