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.
Cynthia (Chloe) Dean