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THE RALEIGH REPORTOctober 17, 2019 No Progress on Paltry Education Pay RaisesMost public employees in North Carolina have already received a 5 percent pay raise for the next two fiscal years. Teachers, school employees, community college employees, and UNC employees have not received anything.
That is because the State Budget bill vetoed by Governor Cooper provided smaller raises for teachers, school employees, community college employees, and UNC employees than what other state employees received. For example, the State Budget bill gave a 2% raise for a custodian in a school and a 5% raise for a custodian in a state agency.
Governor Cooper and legislative Democrats have offered a counter budget proposal that offers larger raises for teachers and public school employees, but Republican legislative leaders have refused to consider it. The larger raises would be paid for by not cutting corporate taxes. North Carolina already has the lowest corporate tax rate in the country and the GOP State Budget bill would lower it further.
My hope remains that legislative leaders will back down and work with us on investing in higher pay raises for teachers and all public school employees.
Gov. Cooper says he supports teacher pay raises, but not at proposed rateFox 46Teacher pay, like Medicaid expansion, dividing Cooper, lawmakers during budget standoffThe MountaineerTeachers share arguments for pay increase during Gov. Cooper’s Buncombe visitAsheville Citizen-TimesGov. Cooper stops in Buncombe County to push teacher raisesWLOS Part-Time Legislature?The United States Congress is a full-time legislative body. It is in session for most of the year and serving in Congress is a full-time job with full-time pay.
Most states, including North Carolina, have part-time legislatures. The idea is that legislators can do their work in part of the year and the rest of the year they can return to their districts and their regular jobs.
This year North Carolina’s “part-time” legislature started on January 9th and will continue at least through the end of October. Legislative leaders control the calendar and they are determined to drag out session for as long as possible rather than negotiate a compromise State Budget.
I wish I could report to you that legislators are making good use of all of this time in session. The cost to taxpayers is around $40,000 to $50,000 a day. Unfortunately, many days go by with no action or votes on significant bills. Here is just a partial list of issues that I think are very important that we never work on:
· Equal Pay for Equal Work· Gun Safety· “Polluter Pay”· Independent Redistricting· Climate Change· Equal Rights Constitutional amendment· Raising the Minimum Wage
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