One schoolteacher’s common sense budget proposal

A local schoolteacher forwarded the following letter today describing her eminently reasonable budget-balancing proposal: 

Dear Governor McCrory and members of the General Assembly,

North Carolina must have a balanced budget, and I propose that all state employees, including those in the governor’s office, take drastic measures. The average NC state employee is now paid $41,926. Governor McCrory earns $141,265 per annum. Members of the governor’s cabinet, thanks to an 8.5% pay raise this year, earn $128,000 per year or more.

Might I suggest legislation that would cap the income of all state employees at $83,852, twice the state average. In addition, publicly elected officials could receive merit pay based on approval ratings, the unemployment rate, the infant mortality rate, and other pertinent statistics, similar to the proposed merit based pay for teachers. While this may be a burden on those who are used to earning considerably more, it would go a long way in building the trust of North Carolina’s citizens and demonstrating to your constituents that we are sharing the burden and taking responsibility for our job performance.

Sincerely,

Cynthia (Chloe) Dean

3 Comments

  1. Alex

    July 25, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I’ve proposed for years that we shut down or reduce the size of both the federal and state Departments of Education, and put that money back in the classroom. These bureaucrats contribute little to the local educational process, and spend most of their time shuffling paper and creating additional regulations.

  2. Doug

    July 25, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Alex +1
    The education “industrial complex” has become a top loaded bureaucracy where the administrators get rich salaries at the expense of teachers. All those rich six figure salaries have corrupted the school systems beyond repair.

  3. NoGOPinNC

    July 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Tillis and his staff of adulterers set the precedent…..8.5%raise to support their hard partying ways eh? Thank goodness we didn’t give those greedy teachers a raise to spend on groceries and gas.