RALEIGH, N.C. -- U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan wants North Carolina to rejoin the rest of the states whose long-term unemployed residents could again benefit from emergency unemployment benefits should Congress restore them nationwide in the new year.
Hagan scheduled a Monday news conference in Raleigh with Democratic leaders of the General Assembly to talk about a provision that would make North Carolina eligible again to offer these federal benefits to the jobless. These benefits went away in North Carolina back in July after the legislature scaled back state benefits going forward.
Since then, Congress let expire the long-term emergency benefits everywhere, but President Obama and some senators want to revive them longer. North Carolina would have to get an exemption to qualify again to offer them.
Hagan is seeking re-election this fall.