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Tax cuts over teacher pay raise

Rob Christensen had a great piece yesterday on just why the Governor and policymakers didn’t raise teacher pay and claim to not have the funds to do more than their modest proposal that impacts just a third of teachers. The tax cuts passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor have reduced the availability of revenue for teacher pay raises, state employee pay raises and a whole host of other important investments that could strengthen the state economy.

McCrory said he would like to give a larger pay raise to teachers – and to other state employees as well – and may recommend doing so if money becomes available.

As a rationale for not giving larger raises, McCrory cited cost overruns in Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor.

But to govern is to choose. McCrory ran for governor in 2012 on the platform of cutting taxes, not raising teacher salaries.

And coming out of the recession last year, McCrory and GOP lawmakers made tax cuts rather than teacher raises the priority.

Of course, policymakers have the ability to ensure money is available for these important investments.  They could stop further income tax rate reductions from going into effect in 2015.

3 Comments

  1. LayintheSmakDown

    February 14, 2014 at 8:23 am

    This post has to be the most inane I have ever seen. Just go back about a week and there are articles of a proposed increase of pay for teachers…..I know I know it is never enough for the regressives, but it is a start.

    We have gone over this before, with the deep hole that the corrupt democrats who had been in power for 100+ years left us, there was so much to do that not everything could be done. This is just one more example, just be glad they are starting to reverse the devastating cuts that the democrat NCGA and dumplin’ perdue put in place several years ago!

  2. Alan

    February 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    LSD, are you sure it wasn’t the libruls who had been in power for the last millenium? What “devastating cuts” are you refering to? Granted, previous Democrat(ic) administrations should be ashamed of themsleves for letting teacher pay in this state get as low as it is, but “100+ years” just sounds like a ridiculous talking point.

    Can I assume that “regressives” and “devastating” are the Civitas words of the week? If you manage to post a comment on EVERY topic this week, I hear Papa Smurf will give you two gold stars!

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    February 16, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Dude, you are gonna have to stop the paid trolling, I know your RSS/email/IM is going to blow up with smoke from all my comments for you to come in behind me! Don’t get a fire in your cube now! Is nc justice center making you work today because you missed a snow day this week.