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Gov. McCrory To Sign Unemployment Bill Into Law

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File photo of unemployment line. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of unemployment line. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory will sign his second bill into law under circumstances different from the first.

The Republican governor’s office says McCrory will sign Tuesday morning an unemployment insurance overhaul bill into law in his office. The signing is closed to the media.

Hundreds of people attended McCrory’s first bill signing Monday in Asheboro on high school diplomas and vocational education.

The unemployment measure would repay $2.5 billion owed the federal government for paying jobless benefits more quickly by cutting future maximum weekly jobless benefits by one-third and raising business taxes.

McCrory said during Monday night’s State of the State address the bill will protect small businesses from continued over-taxation and protect the unemployment safety net. Democrats say the bill will harm displaced workers struggling to survive.

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