North Carolina businesses would continue to see their federal unemployment insurance taxes go up by $21 per employee â¿¿ it's currently $84 â¿¿ with every year the debt isn't been paid off. The companies also would continue to pay a state unemployment tax surcharge until the trust fund exceeded $1 billion. Minimum and maximum state contribution rates go up slightly â¿¿ eliminating the zero rate as many as 30,000 top-rated companies now receive.Still, Democrats said the proposal was being rushed and placed too much of the burden on the unemployed. Reductions in the duration of benefits and their amounts would comprise nearly three-quarters of the $3.6 billion in the cumulative changes required by the bill through 2017, the General Assembly's fiscal research office estimated in a document.
NC Unemployment Debt Fix Backed By House Panel
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