It’s hard to say yet whether this will become “Salarygate” Part Deux or Trois but whatever you call it, Gov. McCrory seems to have taken another remarkably tin-eared step today with his special announcement that more than 3,200 state employees in “high-demand” fields will get pay raises out of a “salary adjustment fund.”
Sorry to tell you Governor, but there are a hell of a lot of other hard-working state employees out there who are in “high demand” — high demand from the mushrooming number of students they teach each day, the fast-growing number of potholes they fill, bathrooms they clean and prison inmates and mental health clients they supervise and serve.
The Guv may claim that these raises are a response to “market forces” but as we found out from the public’s overwhelming reaction to the original Salarygate, at some point common sense ought to trump the “genius” of the market. Unfortunately, this appears to be yet another in a long list of incidents in which the McCrory team is demonstrating that it possesses very little of this precious commodity.