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If you like latest state pay “raises,” you’ll love ALEC-inspired TABOR amendment

A one-time, $750 “bonus.” That’s what most North Carolina state employees will get as a “pay increase” as a result of the new budget deal at the General Assembly. That’s about $10 per week after taxes.

Not much, we know, but if the state Senate has its way, such a “raise” may soon seem downright extravagant. That’s because the new constitutional amendments the Senate has proposed to place on the state ballot next year would actually make such a “raise” all but impossible.

As this morning’s lead editorial in Raleigh’s News & Observer explains thoroughly, the so-called “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” or “TABOR” would all but end state government’s ability to address the needs of the citizenry — much less provide meaningful raises to public employees. Indeed, even with this year’s pathetic pay bonus, spending will actually exceed the limits that TABOR would put permanently in place.

As the N&O editorial  puts it:

“It’s absolutely astonishing that despite the failure of TABOR in Colorado, stubborn state Senate Republicans have pushed on with it, almost defiantly ignoring common sense and the business community. Why have many other states considered it and then reconsidered it? Because, after that first flush of thinking it’s a great conservative idea and run-on issue, cooler heads realize it hasn’t worked.”

Let’s hope the cooler heads emerge and take charge here in North Carolina very soon.

3 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    August 27, 2015 at 11:52 am

    That’s right. We love it. Tabor will hopefully get the bloated government right sized so that there are fewer employees and that we can make raises that are in line with inflation in the future. As is stands now there are about 2-4 times too many people employed by state government so it is impossible to give raises that fit a fiscally responsible budget…that is unless we do the right thing and cut the bloated Medicaid handouts that take most of those raises.

  2. ncsense

    August 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    By “bloated Medicaid handouts”, I assume you mean the health care provided to poor families with minor children and to the disabled? You do know that able-bodied adults aren’t eligible for Medicaid in this state right?

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    August 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    You are close…if you add bloated and inefficiently provide. Although I do like your tense of “provided” if only it were the case that we could look at that poor excuse for healthcare as a truly ended relic of the past.

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