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  • superman Dec 3, 5:31 p.m.

    She lost her job and she was compensated over 100k. How much did it cost to continue her health insurance for 3 years? It doesnt make any difference what pocket the money came out of--it is still money that is no longer available.

  • bhenderson Dec 3, 2:12 p.m.

    My husband and I retired from state gov't with a combined 67 years of service. Our retirement together is less than Mary Easley's. We had four children that we put through college. We did not have anyone providing cars and insurance for them. We paid for them, even though they were "hoopdies". But hey, I can hold my head up high and go out in public without feeling embarassed and our children are very proud and appreciative of what we did for them.

  • thenightfly Dec 3, 1:38 p.m.

    This story lacks an important detail. She was a state employee before her job at NC State. Ready the newsandobserver story: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/11/30/2517289/mary-easleys-pension-soars-with.html#undefined

  • keifer Dec 3, 1:33 p.m.

    If the money did not come from the taxpayers, then who did it come from ?? WRAL should investigate.

  • remer54 Dec 3, 1:20 p.m.

    Its seems that all goverment employees get what they want from the people. Its a shame.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 3, 1:06 p.m.

    "According to NC State, no taxpayer or tuition money was used to cover the costs of the settlement."

    Nonsense. There is not a way to separate out the specific money. It is time for these Universities to stand on their own. The taxpayer must be set free from serfdom.

  • kiljadn Dec 3, 11:37 a.m.

    She shouldn't be getting money. She should be in prison.

  • vter53 Dec 3, 11:33 a.m.

    Why is she getting anything from the state retirement, unless I am mistaken she did not work for 5 years as required for vesting and also when a state employee is fired as she was I also do not believe that the state carries health insurance for the fired employee. Just as Mike Easley should not get anything other than what he put into the retirement fund being that he was convicted of a felony for misdeeds while on the states payroll.

  • XLAW Dec 3, 11:20 a.m.

    This is an insult to all career state employees who actually worked the years used as a multiplier in the retirement formula [and who actually provided a service to the state during those years] and a raid on the state employee retirement fund. The formula uses 1.82% of the 4 highest consecutive earning years multiplied by the number of years worked and giving her credit for 4 unworked years at the obscene and unjustified salary of $170,000 is short of delusional. I'm also curious as to the total number of years in the final multiplier to give her the announced final retirement. Love to see the computations.

  • ccsmith1902 Dec 3, 10:59 a.m.

    Easley's termination was justified. I thought that you had to be employed 5 years as a full-time employee to be vested. N&O needs to look into this!

  • 11of10j Dec 3, 10:43 a.m.

    "wrongful termination"?
    She should have never been given the job to begin with.
    Glad to see them out of public sevice.

  • pbjbeach Dec 3, 10:42 a.m.

    THE POLITICAN IN THIS STATE BE THEY DEM'S OR REP'S THEY NEED TO BE HELD TO ACCOUNTABLITIY TO THE STATES TAXPAYERS FOR THEIR VOTES AN FOR THE VOTES TO AGREE TO SPENDING ISSUES LIKE ROADS AN BRIDGES AN THE WASTE FRAUD AN OVER AN UNJUSTIFIED PAYMENTS TO CONTRACTORS PRIOR TO THEM VOTING TO RAISE ON RED CENT OF TAXPAYERS MONIES. THE STATE POLITICAN NEED TO HOLD CONTRACTOR ACCOUNTABLY FOR THEIR BAD NON-SEPCEFICATION WORK AN FOR THE PAYMENT OF FALSE CLAIMS WHERE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO GET PAID FOR BAD WORK PERFORMANCE BY CONTRACTORS ON HIGHWAY CONSTRCUTION PROJECTS THANK YOU

  • samr Dec 3, 10:15 a.m.

    What a bunch of crooks.

  • bombayrunner Dec 3, 10:10 a.m.

    if she's an executive, I'm Santa Claus

  • davidk_at_unc Dec 3, 9:50 a.m.

    This story appears to be missing some pretty important details. It sounds to me like the $75K was money paid to the NC State Retirement system to keep Mrs. Easley eligible for retirement benefits, but if that's the case, the state WILL be paying her pension from tax payer money, making the $75K look like chicken feed. This all assumes that she was a regular state employee and part of the regular retirement system, of course.

  • jurydoc Dec 3, 9:44 a.m.

    Although NCSU used privately-obtained funds to cover the approximately $90K cost to the college, the resultant $1 MILLION + that needs to come from the state coffers to actually cover the retirement payments FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE, is NOT without cost to the taxpayer.

  • aspenstreet1717 Dec 3, 9:28 a.m.

    Sale of merchandise should go towards reducing taxpayer funding.

  • driverkid3 Dec 3, 9:16 a.m.

    SailbadTheSinner::::Exactly WHERE IS the money coming from?

    And the cost of college keeps going up, ever wonder why?

  • retiredcfcc Dec 3, 9:13 a.m.

    An insult to all NC taxpayers.

  • m0nky Dec 3, 8:49 a.m.

    Sailbad: i'm guessing private donors or funds generated through sale of merchandise or any number of revenue sources the school has that does not involve taxpayer or tuition money.

  • bubbba Dec 3, 8:48 a.m.

    Funny how this story popped up over the weekend.

  • retiredcfcc Dec 3, 8:46 a.m.

    This is a slap in the face of every taxpayer in N.C. Just another case of looking out for one of "their" own. State crying "no" money available for highway projects,but here comes this dumb settlement. How can this happen without the approval of someone higher up than the head of NCSU? This is ridiculous. Every taxpayer should be calling their local representative in Raleigh calling for an investigation of this "STINK".

  • jurydoc Dec 3, 8:09 a.m.

    Hey, I worked at NCSU in 2009 in the same division where Mary Easley "worked" and I was laid off too. Instead of whining and negotiating a sweet deal that cost the taxpayers a boatload of money, I actually went out and got re-employed within 4 months -- at LEGITIMATE higher pay that will mean I actually EARNED my retirement with the state. I DESPISE when anyone settles these civil cases to "save the costs of litigation." Easley ought to be ashamed, but I know she's laughing all the way to the bank.

  • SailbadTheSinner Dec 3, 8:07 a.m.

    “According to NC State, no taxpayer or tuition money was used to cover the costs of the settlement.”

    Now, THAT is scary!

    Exactly WHERE IS the money coming from?

    STS

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