After nearly two weeks of inaction, state legislators could soon restore jobless benefits to 37,000 job seekers who would otherwise lose their unemployment insurance Friday.
The state Senate could vote as early as today to extend the benefits, setting up a state House of Representatives vote tomorrow to get the money out to jobless residents.
But Republican leaders in the General Assembly have linked the unemployment benefits, which are a priority for Gov. Bev Perdue, to a GOP budte. That way, if Perdue wants to support the state's jobless, she'll also have to vote for the Republican budget.