Tika Barron: Cabinet and class

August 5, 2013 

Cabinet and class

This is in response to the Aug. 1 letter “Classy McCrory” in which the letter-writer described Gov. Pat McCrory as a class act because he was honest enough to tell a group of police officers who make less than $30,000 a year, “Guys/gals, the state of N.C. is broke. There is no money to give you a raise.”

Is the writer aware that the governor gave his Cabinet secretaries raises as large as $13,200 each and said, “I’m trying to make it at least where they can afford to live while running multibillion-dollar departments”? Afford to live? These state employees all made $121,807 last year as set by state law.

I would be outraged that McCrory can find money in our broke state to give raises to people who already make six figures when men and women who are risking their lives every day to keep us safe and teachers who work so hard for ridiculously low pay are told there is no money. They deserve raises, and there might have been money if McCrory had not signed a bill giving the wealthiest citizens in our state huge tax breaks. McCrory is anything but a class act!

Tika Barron

Durham

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