Just because House Speaker Thom Tillis couldn’t stop talking in the debate last night about the alleged 7% percent teacher pay raise the General Assembly passed this year doesn’t mean all the Republicans in the General Assembly are happy with it. Rowan County legislators in particular don’t seem thrilled with the 7% or 5% percent or 0.29% percent salary increase according to a story in a Salisbury Post over the weekend.
Rep. Harry Warren, a Republican who represents Rowan County, said the budget and, subsequently, the teacher pay raise, weren’t fiscally responsible.
“By making a commitment to fund everything that we funded, it’s going to cause some very tight fiscal maneuvering,” he said. “Money was pulled from a lot of different pots to fund the teacher raises. It was more than we can afford.”
Then there is Senator Andrew Brock who doesn’t seem to understand why there’s such a fuss about low teacher pay anyway.
Sen. Andrew Brock, a Republican who represents Rowan, Iredell and Davie counties, said teacher pay may seem low, but ultimately depends on the area’s cost of living.
“When you move away from those large cities, your dollar goes further,” Brock said.
So remember that teachers. Just because you had to work 16 years to make a $40,000 salary, it’s not really a big deal, especially if you live outside the cities. And the state can’t really afford the raise that some of you received this year anyway, so there’s not likely to be another one any time soon, what with the exploding cost of those tax cuts.
With friends like these in power in Raleigh, teachers really have it made.