Gov. Bev Perdue, who spoke about education funding Friday at an event in Chapel Hill, responded to reports of severance pay for two members of Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis' staff with disdain.
“I've focused on paying teachers and teachers assistants and state employees,” Perdue said. “My budget does a little raise for all of them. And in my opinion that's where resources need to go – to pay the state's workforce, not to pay severance.”
Personnel records show Tillis gave an extra month’s pay to Charles Thomas and Amy Hobbs, both of whom were forced to resign because they were having affairs with lobbyists.
State law doesn't provide for severance for employees like Thomas and Hobbs, but Tillis said a month's pay for each was fair because both have family obligations. The cost to taxpayers was more than $19,000 dollars.
“Since it's a personnel matter I'm not even familiar with all the parameters of it,” Stam said. “But the idea of paying people not to work is troubling.”
Democrats have called for Tillis to dip into his campaign fund and reimburse the state for $19,000 dollar payout. The Speaker's office has not responded to WRAL's requests for a response.