NC State Gives First Lady An 88% Raise

By: Bill Wilson
By: Bill Wilson

Just days after the furor over Mary Easley's state-paid trip overseas, NC State University says it's given the first lady an 88% pay hike.

The governor's wife teaches law courses and leads a speakers program. Her salary jumps from $90,300 a year to $170,000. NC State says Mary Easley is now doing the job full-time.

She now makes considerably more than her husband. Gov. Mike Easley pull in just $130,629 a year as the state's chief executive.


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  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Jul 7, 2008 at 02:43 PM
    TO:Pam Location: Grimesland on Jul 6, 2008 at 09:59 PM.....High five Girl!
  • by Sue Location: Washington,NC on Jul 7, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    Well,the worst Governor this state has ever seen now has the worst First Lady this State has ever seen and thank goodness,they are leaving office soon...but not soon enough...they still have timne to really rip us off to the tune of a few more million before they leave....Folks,being familiar with politics for many years,this is just a small example of what politicians do....and the irony in all this is that its the ignorant vocal population that keeps on electing the same old crooks every year...remember when you go to vote,NEVER vote for the incumbent....chance are they have already stolen from state coffers our hard earned tax money....Anyway,this situation is outrageous!!! Looks to me like some group should picket the Governors mansion!!! Let her pay her own expenses (even though I know that will never happen!) What a couple of in-your-face crooks the Easleys are!!
  • by hope Location: NC on Jul 7, 2008 at 09:42 AM
    Are the NCSU physics, & other science, math, & engineering professors paid in this same way? After all NCSU has these programs in full swing (they only offer PRE-law). Is it true that we would promote lawyers & politicians whilst the math, science, & technologies are promoted in other countries? I have always heard that NCSU was the place to go for engineering, & math fields. If the head of the science, math, technologies...departments are not making AT THE VERY LEAST $170,000 yearly, then I may have answered my own question. Again, what does the head of the engineering department, math department, chemistry department, etc. make at NCSU? Does anyone know?
  • by Jim Location: Raleigh on Jul 7, 2008 at 09:27 AM
    Plese send your thoughts to the Governors web-site. Use respect and simple terms to tell him why politicians are so thought of. This is no better than what Speaker Black, Frank Ballance, Meg Scott Phipps and Repersentative Wright have done to us taxpayers, and by the way they are in prison or have been recently.
  • by Rusty Location: Washington on Jul 7, 2008 at 08:59 AM
    This is the typical corruption we see by our party in NC. Why do you think we have a tax on just about anything. The only thing you can do is "vote Easly out". This is your voice being heard. The news points this out constantly yet people vote them back in because they are "Democrat" and that is how they vote. It is this blind voting that keeps them where they are, blame them. This is why I won't vote for Obama. I am voting for who best suits me and my country.
  • by To Pam in grimesland on Jul 7, 2008 at 06:59 AM
    Thats right, in the proposed budget, teachers only get 3%, but guess how much state employees get...2.75%! Thats crazy. Maybe the next time she drives her car, she will hit a pot hole and tear the whole front end off of her car! You reckon state workers would get a little more raise the next year? And to Teacher in NC: I know exactly what you are saying. My father has worked with the DOT for 30 years. He has just got to 48k. He should be able to retire this year, but he wont because he wont be able to afford the essentials like gas and groceries on his and my moms retirement income. It makes me sick! I remember him coming home on summer afternoons smelling of asphalt from busting his a$$ all day for a little 1 or 2% raise a year. And anyone who thinks that DOT employees dont do a lot needs to work a week in their shoes. There is more to do than you think!
  • by todd Location: sevens prings on Jul 7, 2008 at 04:17 AM
    I encourage, no implore each of you who feels this is wrong to write the university and complain, also a congressman ( or woman) or two. I work for the state and with the elimination of any contribution to retirement by the state , we have probably lost ground financially the last few years. No way can a huge one day raise like this be justified. I can tell you from personal experience the higher ups in state government are crooked. They steal, treat subordinates poorly then lie about it and are seldom held accountable. In the state psych hospitals millions have been wasted, they put a convicted child molester in charge as medical director, a director stole 500.00 and was rewarded with an even better job than she had instead of being fired and prosecuted, and employees ( like me) who try to speak out and inform the public that their money is being squandered are harassed for telling the truth. It is good to comment on this blog, but please complain to the officials who can do something
  • by Pam Location: Grimesland on Jul 6, 2008 at 06:59 PM
    I think that is absurd. Did Teacher get the 7 % this year no they are only getting 3-4% and the state gives her 88 % at one time. This is what is wrong with our state. Our future people are way more important and thus the teachers that teach them. No one women needs that kind of a raise. I mean she is making $170,000 to teach. Someone needs to bring this to the public people of North Carolina
  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Jul 6, 2008 at 12:33 PM
    Well thank you Bob, even though it was a backhanded comment, I still take it as a comment. I'm glad I made you smile. Enjoy your Sunday as well!
  • by Teacher Location: NC on Jul 6, 2008 at 12:20 PM
    I don't know who thinks 21K is a good starting salary but as a 21 year veteran of North Carolina schools as a teacher I have just started making 45k. With a four year degree in another profession I would be making twice that in 21 years. Not your state employees and teachers. This story is an insult to the people who make our government work. The little people
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