House passes bill rewriting rules for state workers

Posted May 15, 2013

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— North Carolina governors would have more latitude to hire and fire state workers under a bill that cleared the state House Wednesday.

The measure, which now goes to the state Senate, will give the governor 1,500 political "at will" appointees. Until this year, governors had only 400 appointees. Lawmakers raised that limit to 1,000 last year, in time for Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, to take office. 

"You're getting down now into the rank-and-file employees, and you're politicizing their positions," said Rep. Yvonne Holley, D-Wake, who is herself a retired state worker. She offered an amendment to keep the number of exempt employees at 1,000.

Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, who authored the bill, said that the State Employees Association of North Carolina never raised an objection to raising the number of exempt employees.

Lawmakers turned back that amendment, as well as others sent forward by Democrats.

SEANC representatives have said they object to provisions that curtail the ability of state employees to formally complain they were not hired because they lost out to a less qualified but more politically connected individual.


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  • jackjones2nc May 15, 2013

    Republican overreach will see great backlash.

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  • sisu May 15, 2013

    Unbridled power is not a pretty thing. Having a super majority and same party governor in either party does not allow for sustainable moderation.

  • jaybird2974 May 15, 2013

    Where are the angry people? Where are the mad Republicans? I do not understand. How you can blame Dems and Obama for everything and do not have one promblem with this. I do not understand what is going on now....

  • teleman60 May 15, 2013

    The majority of people who are not avid partisan base republicans are beginning to see after only 4 months in office that voting for McCrory was a pretty bad idea.

    How's that state religion, guns on campuses and bars and hunting with silencers working out for you??

  • ncmedic201 May 15, 2013

    Why would they need 1500??

  • Captain_Vlad May 15, 2013

    So, we're thinking that maybe we don't want to climb that state corporate ladder but just so far. You're going to have excellent leaders currently in the state workforce who will never care to be promoted beyond a certain level for fear of the political crony ax falling across their necks.

    I voted for McCroy... but must say that if anyone even 1/4 decent runs against him on the Democratic side of the isle they will have my vote and my financial aide (meager though it may be.) Privatizing DHHS is a disaster waiting to happen but Herr Wos can obviously sleep at night knowing what she's doing to those not capable financially of doing a job for $1 a year. Despise these types!

  • free2bme May 15, 2013

    NC GOP Legislature continues to do more harm than good. They want to be able to hire more of their friends and so comes this bill. They only care about themselves and their rich friends anyway.

  • kdawg May 15, 2013

    Good ol' boy networks, handicapping the state transportation and agricultural offices for decades. I'm sure this increase in a long-standing state tradition will only make a bad situation worse, hiring political friends instead of the best persons for the job. Did we really need to expand good ol' boy networks in a state already rife with them? More shame from the state legislature.