It’s not just teachers who need a raise North Carolina

In the light of the recent news publications of significantly high salaries for some young new appointees for Governor Pat McCrory’s camp, I have a few complaints myself as a state employee.

Now after reading such an atrocity, it is fair to say that many of us state employees are pretty upset about this ruling. A 24-year-old being paid $85,000 a year from STATE MONEY that supposedly we do not have? As a state employee myself, it was a bit of a slap in the face to receive a measly $300 a year increase last year. Now remember, after the increased taxes imposed, this little $300 a year increase is gone. The compensation our state government thinks we as valued state employees should get? An extra 40 hours of vacation time. Yes, a little extra vacation time is ALWAYS welcome, I agree. However, when times are as financially difficult as they currently are, this is a bit of a low blow. We can’t get increases based on merit or on anything really yet you lay off half of the workforce and expect us to pick up the slack in the same amount of allotted time?

Yes, this all makes perfect sense to me.

Not.

Teachers across the state are screaming higher wages, which I do agree with. BUT, what all seem to forget is that ALL state employees haven’t had significant raises in quite some time unless you are someone of appeal with the upper management. I am going to guess the average state employee in North Carolina is paid a mere $32,000 a year on average. Now, you factor in we have one of the HIGHEST gas taxes in the nation so gas is around $3.59 a gallon currently. We do not have sufficient public transportation so we are forced to drive. Let’s say you fill up your car once a week at $3.59 a gallon, that ends up being $53.85 in a 15 gallon tank. That ends up being $215.40 a month…add in high for the area rent because you elect not to live in a high crime area (average $800 for a decent two bedroom apartment) you’re already at $1015.40. You need to drive a reliable car because you happen to have a family and your car payment is somewhere in the low ballpark of $200. You’re now at $1215.40. Since this is a fairly new car (because you can get a lower interest rate typically for a newer car) your car insurance might be hovering around the $100 a month mark with a PERFECT driving record. You’re now at $1315.40.

These are averages I’m figuring based on my own for everything else at the end of the summer:

Electricity: $100

Water bill if outsourced in a household of three: $70

Gas: $30

Food: $250 – $300

Dental insurance: $34

Your grand totals added to the previous numbers:
$1799.40

That’s not including anything extra. Your monthly salary might be somewhere in the ballpark of $2667 before taxes, after you’ve been taxed, you may bring home about $2000. If that’s the case you’re left with about $200.60 to live on for the whole month as we are paid once a month which in turn means we’re taxed higher. Now, if an emergency happens or your bills are higher than that (which I know they are) it is impossible to survive. Tell me then how you, Mr. McCrory, expect the little people who do the most work to survive?