From the Raleigh News & Observer, five years ago:
Gov. Beverly Perdue today ordered unpaid furloughs for all state workers, public school teachers and higher education employees, in an effort to balance the state budget in a struggling economy.
All state employees will see their paychecks in May and June reduced by a total of one half of one percent of their annual salary. An employee making $50,000 per year would see his or her pay reduced a total of $250 during the next two months. An employee making $30,000 would see a salary cut of $150 … There are no guarantees that there will not be further state employee furloughs, layoffs or pay cuts. The legislature will adopt a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 and is looking at a series of reduction options, including furloughs.
She decided to raid the state’s $780 million rainy day fund reserve fund that is used for emergencies such as hurricanes and epidemics. The state is already taking $250 million from the rainy day fund to subsidize the state employees health plan. Now Perdue said she plans to draw down an additional $300 million to $350 million to pay for the day-to-day operations of state government … Perdue said she considered exempting lower income state workers from the pay cuts. But she said both legal and administrative considerations caused her to call for across-the-board cuts.
Most state workers will see their paychecks reduced over May and June. For an employee earning $50,000 per year, they would see $125 reduced from their May pay check and another $125 reduced from their June pay check.
Employees who don’t work the full-year — such as many teachers and university employees — would see their pay cut before their last paycheck of the school year.
Perdue’s executive order does not cover elected officials…
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