Reaction To State Pay Cuts

State workers are reacting in a variety of ways to Governor Beverly Perdue's plan to cut their salary.5 percent to help deal with the state budget deficit.

ECU professor Dr. Tom Caron is outraged with the decision. Dr. Caron says, "We feel as if we haven't even gotten to the level of salaries that we need to be according to our peer institutions. We're still fighting for that. Every year we fight for that, and to have to take a cut, it's completely unacceptable."

Julia Mielish is a librarian at Craven Community College in New Bern. She says she's concerned about how she's going to make ends meet. Mielish also says, "If taking a pay cut, if furloughing a day , two, three, whatever it ends up being is the right thing for the state of North Carolina, maybe the best thing that we can do right now is accept it because ultimately it means we still have a job at this point."

One teacher at J.H. Rose high school in Greenville is outraged by the governor's decision. Steven Hill says, "I wasn't asked by the governor if I was willing to give up any of my salary. I thought that was rather forward of her to give up my paycheck."

The legislature has to adopt a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 and is considering other spending reductions, which could include more furloughs.


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