Full announcement from Demand Progress:
Asheville, NC – A group of community leaders and advocates are calling on newly- elected Governor Pat McCrory, NC House Rep. Tim Moffitt, State Sen. Tom Apodaca, and other members of the NC General Assembly to put their money where their mouths are and commit to live for one week on the maximum unemployment benefit of $350, which is now proposed by the North Carolina General Assembly.
Monday night (tonight), the NC House in Raleigh is expected to take up a bill to slash top unemployment benefits by 35% to $350/week and cut federal benefits to zero for 80,000 NC residents. Last week in Rocky Mount, Gov. McCrory stated he supports this plan.
“If the Governor and legislature think this is a reasonable proposal, they obviously have no idea what it is like to live on so little money,” said Pat McCoy, Executive Director for Action NC, the sponsor of the challenge. “The Governor and legislature need to understand the pain they will inflict on unemployed workers from all over the state.”
Action NC is challenging Governor McCrory, Rep. Moffitt, Sen. Apodaca and members of the legislature to live on $350 a week, the proposed maximum benefit under a new unemployment insurance scheme now proposed in the North Carolina General Assembly. The proposal cuts the maximum weekly benefit from $535 a week to $350.
WHO: Community activists, concerned citizens
WHAT: Rally with speakers and visuals
WHEN: Monday, February 4th at 11am
WHERE: Pack Square Park (in front of the City Hall Building) 1 W Pack Square, Asheville, NC