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McCrory’s pay raises

As you have probably read in many news outlets at this point, Gov McCrory has taken the somewhat surprising step of bestowing significant pay raises on his cabinet secretaries — as large as $13,200.  While some are complaining about the fiscal impact of the decision in such tough economic times, it seems that the more apt criticism involves the message it sends to the large mass of North Carolina workers (both public and private) who, if they’ve even been able to keep a job at all, have been eking by on flat salaries for years that average far, far less than what the cabinet secretaries make.

Moreover, McCrory’s statement in defense of his action — “I’m trying to make it at least where they can afford to live while running multibillion-dollar departments,” simply doesn’t wash. Any North Carolinian who can’t “live” in Raleigh on $121,807 per year — the salaries of the outgoing secretaries in the Perdue administration — has some serious issues that bespeak a significant  disconnect from the lives lived by their fellow citizens. This seems especially true for the people in question — all of whom appear to come from comfortable upper middle class and upper class existences already.

The bottom line: This is another surprisingly tin-eared step for a new Guv who has spent so much time talking about the tough economic times that grip our state.

9 Comments


  1. jlp75

    January 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Government spending is A-OK when it goes into their pockets. It only sucks when the prosperity is more broadly shared.

  2. George Vlasits

    January 11, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Does this mean that the governor supports a roughly 10% pay raise for teachers and other government workers? Somehow I doubt it.

  3. JeffS

    January 11, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I think the message is that these people aren’t “government workers”. They’re above that, and as such should be exempt from the austerity measures and condescension that have been and will surely continue to be directed toward those unfortunates sucking at the government tit.

    That said, as far as handouts go, this is an insignificant one to get the ball rolling.

  4. Jack

    January 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

    To make it through these hard economic times families, with a few exceptions, must make tough economic decisions to reduce household expenditures. We must all, with a few exceptions, learn to maintain our present quality of life with ever limited resources. Which will be impossible of course but we must try harder damn-it we must try harder. By trying harder families will be preparing for the future where maintaining a present quality of life will be impossible but at least they can say, “we tryed harder every day,” but it didn’t make things better. As families watch their present quality of life being dismantled incrementally as the few shred the state’s educational system, environmental policies, human services and prepare to rewrite the NC tax code to further burden families they will be transfixed on the light at the end of the tunnel as it flickers out to be left standing hopelessly alone in the dark.

    But I digress.

    We must all sacrifice for the good of the few. We must give generously so the few can prosper and feel safe and insulated from the harsh realities of these hard economic times. By increasing the income of his cabinet secretaries the Governor is safeguarding them from the distraction of these hard economic times. After all, isn’t that why we elected him?

  5. david esmay

    January 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

    No group of people piss away more money than republiclowns, it’s the party of fiscal irresponsibility.

  6. Gene Bridges

    January 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Don’t forget, my children, that Duke Energy, his former employer has also announced they will be asking for another rate increase soon – on top of the one that Roy Cooper challenged and on which the NC Supreme Court has yet to rule. Meanwhile, the General Assembly is about to consider (and likely will enact) measures that will lower unemployment benefits for some folks – but, hey, they sure showed them thar gays last year didn’t they?! Wow – That didn’t take long, did it? One suspects the quid pro quo we saw during the last decade will look like child’s play when this administration is done.

  7. Frances Jenkins

    January 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Cheap shot

  8. Kim

    January 12, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I haven’t had a raise in three years and on my performance review, I am considered a high performer. They haven’t even worked yet and they get raises for a job not yet done? Teachers are making 1/4 that salary and they haven’t had raises. Unbelievable. Yet he proposed cuts in education. Are his cabinet members going to buy office supplies out of their own pockets, which are payed by tax dollars? Or increase their budget as well and propose cuts on people making significantly less than them?

  9. Frances Jenkins

    January 12, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Come on Kim, billions lost in computer software and another billion lost in unemployment pay-outs because someone was not doing their job. You are straining at a ant.

    You forgot to mention two of the cabinent members are not taking a salary.

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