Don Hutchinson: A bad idea

April 10, 2014 

Regarding the April 7 letter “ Make jobless clean roadsides”: I also have a suggestion. The next time the writers file an insurance claim for car or home damages, they should assist with the repairs. The concepts are quite similar.

Unemployment payments are a form of insurance to be paid from premiums paid by employers. The state is not providing “an unemployment check without receiving anything in return.” Employers in North Carolina that comply with payroll laws pay into both state and federal unemployment insurance. Unfortunately, the downturn in the economy combined with premium reductions enacted during the economic good times resulted in insufficient reserves to cover current claims, requiring federal loans to cover the shortfall.

While creating meaningful work for people is very desirable and public works programs will certainly help, using workers receiving unemployment is not the answer. The concept of unemployment is to create a bridge between jobs, allowing workers to pursue new opportunities. With about 20 weeks of benefits at a maximum of $350 per week, it is certainly not the gravy train it is depicted to be by those who have never found themselves out of work through no fault of their own.

Don Hutchinson


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