Other states may want to take a page from North Carolina when it comes to approaching unemployment. Charlotte Hays at Townhall reported that employment in the state has increased after unemployment benefits were slashed. In addition to the removed unemployment benefits, North Carolina has also cut the number of weeks that unemployed residents can receive those benefits.
The move by North Carolina has been applauded by many in the wake of recent reports highlighting abuse of the public welfare system. Earlier this month, Department of Health and Human Service records showed that $2.8 million of money given to welfare users had been spent outside of the state, and in some cases was used for lavish vacations in Hawaii and Florida. Withdrawal records also showed that Maine welfare recipients used EBT money in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando and various spots around Daytona Beach.
Maine welfare cash has turned up in all 50 U.S. states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. However, they aren’t the only state that has this problem. More than $69 million in California welfare cash was spent or withdrawn outside of the state between 2007 and 2010, with Las Vegas receiving approximately $11.8 million of this amount. Welfare cash withdrawals have also been traced to various strip clubs and casinos in Kansas and Washington.