GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers want to expand unemployment benefits but disagree on how to pay for it.
The $600 unemployment benefit checks are running out for those looking for a job. However, they could still get a $300 check but the state must opt-in to a program.
President Donald Trump's executive order from last week set up the program.
States have to opt-in and front a portion of the cost.
Arizona, New Mexico, Iowa and Louisiana have already signed up for the federal program. However, North Carolina is still debating how to pay for it. Some lawmakers want to use the coronavirus relief money. Gov. Roy Cooper wants to use the state’s unemployment trust fund.
"Gov. Cooper needs to hurry up and submit North Carolina's application so our state can access President Trump's supplement," State Senator Chuck Edwards said Tuesday.
WFMY News 2 reached out to the governor's office for response.
"We are working to finalize our application to get any money available to our unemployed. The faster and less bureaucratic route is for congress and the president to extend the $600 per week benefit program that already exists," Roy's press secretary said.