State Employees Association Outraged by House Budget
Apr 30, 2019
RALEIGH - The State Employees Association of North Carolina today called on all House members to vote against the House budget proposal that ignores the needs of hardworking state employees.
“This budget is a slap in the face,” said SEANC President Jimmy Davis. “House leaders have failed to prioritize public services and disrespected the people who provide them. House members of both parties should reject this plan.”
House leaders included a raise of only 1% or $500, whichever is greater, for most state employees. Retiree pension adjustments were left out entirely for the first year of the biennial budget, even as lawmakers touted revenue surpluses and tax cuts.
The House budget further ignores wage compression issues throughout state government and does not go far enough to increase salaries in key hard-to-fill positions.
“Closing prisons, shuttering hospitals, or abandoning road projects to take to the streets is not an option for state workers,” said Robert Broome, SEANC Executive Director. “Our members deserve equitable pay and benefits. We’ll be at work tomorrow, but make no mistake, our voices will be heard loud and clear on our own time.”