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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  • by DP Location: Eastern Carolina on Jun 19, 2009 at 08:28 PM
    IMPEACH Govenor Beverly Purdue. If the House of Representatives doesn't get her out of office, NC residents, state employees, teachers, and children are not going to have anything. She did exactly what she said she wouldn't do. These precious children are suffering with all the teachers jobs who have been lost. We have lost 22 year veteran teachers over this nonsense. Would you want your child in a class of 25 or a class of 18. Some children are in classes up to 29 students. This is ridiculous. It is time North Carolina tax payers, state employees, and teachers take a stand. The State Employees and Teachers are some of the lowest paid. Our salary as a teacher, hasn't met the average salary for many other states. This must come to a stop! Impeach Purdue, Give North Carolina Hope!
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Jun 13, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    We elected a democrat as president, & we have kept democrats in Raleigh for over 20 years. This is what you get. but guess what,, our next governor will be a democrat & Barry will blame Bush for 4 years & will get re-elected. You deserve what you vote for.
  • by DOUG Location: NC on May 29, 2009 at 09:39 AM
    25 students in a class room and 1 teacher how many of those students and problem students? 65 inmates in a dorm (at most NC Prisons) 1 Correctional Officer. I bet all of the inmates are problems (lets face it there is not anyone there for helping in the neighborhood charity drive) You do the math.......
  • by DOUG Location: NC on May 29, 2009 at 09:29 AM
    Angie, you talk about teachers with a ratio of 25/1 in the classroom hat about the School Resource Officer SRO's at that school which is usally at most 2 officers against all the students in that school. The dedicated State Troopers of NC in some counties work shifts and will be the only Trooper in that county at that time. I dont hear them trying to cause a uprise even though I am sure they wish their pay was not cut. You being a teacher you should know (from your history book) that when our great nation was formed, alot of people give up and made sacrafices. During the Civil War alot of sacrifices and also during the 1920's the Great Depression. I dont personally like having to go through these times but we are here and things have to be delt with. Tad, I agree with you TOTALLY
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on May 21, 2009 at 07:17 AM
    Sally, my Mom taught me to read and write before I started school. Thanks for noticing.
  • by Sally Location: Greensboro on May 17, 2009 at 04:17 AM
    Tad, what beautiful spelling. Where on Earth did you learn to express yourself so eloquently?
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on May 16, 2009 at 09:53 PM
    Angie Stallings, teachers are the most overpaid citizens in the state of NC. The brainwashers of the next gereration. What we need to be finding a way to do is to remove about half of the teachers in NC. You are paid well and the results of your work is shoddy. I cannot imagine anyone else in the world being so highly paid and performing so dismally, then asking for more money every year. Well, ok, the United Auto Workers and Congress do come to mind but still, you teachers are right there among those turds. Be thankful the taxpayers keep you lazy chronic complainers on and stop whining. Take your pay cut and your furlough and thank the Lord you still have a job.
  • by Angie Stallings-Macon Location: Greensboro on May 5, 2009 at 11:00 PM
    R.O.B. : The Purdue Plan The R ecommended O perating B udject is doing nothing but ROBBING the people of N.C.- Teachers are the most UNDER PAID people in america...The backbone of the next generation..With the cuts and 25 students to a reading class and one teacher...Can you imagine what will be representing our country? Then to tell the teachers of our state..." SUCK IT UP" I Can't imagine why someone hasn't gone completely " postal " on her...She needs to recognize one thing...There will NEVER be another HILLARY.. So stop trying to act like her.. WHO IS WITH ME ON FINDING A WAY TO GET HER REMOVED ???
  • by jon Location: kinston on May 5, 2009 at 03:32 AM
    Would someone explain to me why, with pay cuts needed, Caswell Center (paid state employees) can hire retirees part time/temp to fill vacant positions? In the "old days" when positions were vacant others pitched in to do the work until someone could be hired. And none of these people got paid for the extra work.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 4, 2009 at 11:17 AM
    To bev of Grifton, how about you watch out on calling on double dippers cause that is not even close to being the problem. I have a cousin about 57 or 58 years old who retired from teaching and had to go back into the workforce to help support her kids, one in college, one still in high school, and one that got laid off before and can't support himself. If the state lays off double dippers, then those double dippers will come back and file a lawsuit I will guarantee. That is called DISCRINMINATON. That would put the laid off son with nothing to help him. Even I gave the son some money when he was running around broke as a joke on two different occasions. There are other teachers that had to come back after retiring. I have a problem when it comes to the discriminating when there are people that point out to double dippers, which is falsely blaming it on any of my family members, when we already get cheated out by the government. Its the corrupt politicians and their greed to blame.
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