ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he supports a fix to the state's unemployment insurance system working through the General Assembly that would derail extended federal benefits after just six months.
McCrory's press secretary confirmed the Republican governor expressed his support for the legislation and proposed July 1 effective date Thursday night during a speech in Rocky Mount.
Press Secretary Crystal Feldman says the governor believes the state's high unemployment rate over the past four years shows the system is broken and a fix needs to begin quickly.
The bill that cleared a House committee Thursday morning requires higher business taxes but also a cut in maximum jobless benefits and benefit duration.
The benefit modifications mean emergency federal benefits would have to end, affecting possibly 80,000 unemployed workers.