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NC state employees rally against unpaid furloughs

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RALEIGH -- North Carolina state employees say mandatory furloughs over the next two years would hurt their families and leave too few workers to meet increasing demands for government services. More than 100 members of the State Employees Association of North Carolina held a protest in the rain Tuesday in Raleigh. The union is worried about legislation that would authorize the governor to furlough state workers for up to 20 days a year. Gov. Beverly Perdue last week ordered a small pay cut for state employees in exchange for 10 hours of unpaid leave to help narrow a $3 billion budget shortfall this year. Earlier Tuesday, Perdue declined to say whether she would accept proposed legislation that would include mandatory furloughs. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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HURT

I work for the school system and we haven't gotten a raise in two years...now we are forced to take a pay cut, it's not much thank God but for some single parents this is hard. How does Bev propose to get us back to where we should be on the payscale?

I wonder...is Gov Perdue

I wonder...is Gov Perdue taking a pay cut to help out with the budget?

Good question

The best question so far!!!! If she is going to make others take a pay cut, then she should lead by example. I will say to those who voted for her, you are now reaping the mistake. I can give you this though - she talked a good talk during the elections, but she is backing up on alot of what she promised.

That translates to a 7.7% cut in pay

Call me old fashioned, but cutting someone's pay by that much while you are giving even more to the dysfunctional, non-productive, worthless slugs that are sucking this state (and nation) dry is a bit much to accept. Here's an idea - no additional benefits TO INCLUDE MEDICAID AND FOODSTAMPS for children conceived after initial eligibility for public assistance is established. After all, once you've already proven that you won't provide for the product of your own loins, how dare you stick the taxpayers with the tab for another?