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  • Cary Progressive Feb 20, 3:54 p.m.

    So to sum up the governor's speech and his Tea Party agenda (GOP/repubs/TP same thing): the guv is going to focus on the tea party agenda of destroying government and giving away the farm to corporations, and then blaming the muslim kenyan communist for letting them do it. Stealing from the poor to give to the rich being the preferred method since that will continue the trend back toward Robber Barron serfdom....

  • hb2605 Feb 20, 10:08 a.m.

    I think we need to fix the unemployment situation- if you go in and tell an employer that you only want to fill out an application to "keep drawing your unemployment benefits"
    - the employer should automatically offer them a job. Then the company should contact the unemployment office and advise them. There are too many people abusing the system and making it difficult for the ones that need the benefits for a reasonable period of time in order to find a job. We all need to plan to make lifestyle adjustments and especially the ones complaining on this site that should be out trying to find a job! Any employment is better than unemployment. I wonder how many folks in the crooked system have "under the table work" and still draw that handout check???? The penalty for abusing the system should be jail time- I would rather feed them in prison than feed them out walking freely!!

    Bottom line is: You have to want to help yourself!

  • unc70 Feb 19, 7:59 p.m.

    Morrigan,

    That 500k includes people with modest, maybe farm or self employed, over 50 with something considered preexisting. The had insurance but premiums were $1-2000/month. They go witho

  • Plenty Coups Feb 19, 7:48 p.m.

    It appears that the former moderate mayor of Charlotte is deferring to the irrational, far right General Assembly.

  • kornfan2448 Feb 19, 7:25 p.m.

    "If I got $550 a week I wouldn"t EVER go back to work."

    Well, so glad you have all the answers. I know several people that have been or were laid off, and NONE of them got anywhere near $550/wk. But if you're making less than that and are okay with someone making over $100,000/yr. and giving themselves a raise when they have yet to earn it, then good for you.

  • stymieindurham Feb 19, 7:19 p.m.

    "My biggest disappointment is not just the cuts to those that are already struggling, . . . ." I'm sorry but, stop crying already. $350 to $550 a week unemployment is not struggling. If I got $550 a week I wouldn"t EVER go back to work.

  • kornfan2448 Feb 19, 7:07 p.m.

    My biggest disappointment is not just the cuts to those that are already struggling, but doing it while approving himself and others raises when already making over $100,000 and doing it before proving they've earned it. I was just recently hired, think I'll get a raise before proving my worthiness? I mean, I need to be able to afford to live so I can work hard too.

  • stymieindurham Feb 19, 7:06 p.m.

    "In other words a huge HYPOCRITE!!!!!"

    Whaaa, whaaa, whaaa! Get over it. The free ride is over. IT'S TIME TO PAY THE BILLS!!

  • geosol Feb 19, 6:33 p.m.

    This man is one of the biggest hypocrites in the entire state! Says he wants government to act more like a business, and then he says that he's going to make the Lottery Commission stop advertising. Typical right wing REPUBLICAN. Says he wants to support education, and then he says we've got to stop building schools and wants to reduce the state education budget even more. Typical right wing REPUBLICAN. Says we all have to do more with less, then gives his cabinet members big fat raises. Typical right wing REPUBLICAN. Says that "people out there are really hurting", and then cuts benefits to those who really ARE hurting. Typical right wing REPUBLICAN. In other words a huge HYPOCRITE!!!!!

  • pinkiglock Feb 19, 6:22 p.m.

    Stay strong, McCrory, there are so many of us that are very supportive of your efforts!

  • stymieindurham Feb 19, 6:13 p.m.

    "Gov, don't let 0bama force even more of the costs of 0bamacare on the middle class. Keep saying NO!"

    obama lied again to the middle class on the last round of "tax the rich". Who got taxed? The Middle Class!!!

  • stymieindurham Feb 19, 6:11 p.m.

    You may as wellface it. It's now time to pay the bills the democrat's created. And it looks like they are going to get paid.

  • GravyPig Feb 19, 6:04 p.m.

    "Again I say, The Liberals who support Jim Black, Mike Easly, and John Edwards, you have no credibility. ... Denounce these crooks then we can move on."

    When you can quote me as saying I support these people we can talk. I never said I did or didn't support them. I could assume that you support Scooter Libby or Tom DeLay because you are a Republican. I would be no less wrong than you are to make such an assumption. Nice try though.

  • Terkel Feb 19, 5:46 p.m.

    I just realized why those 500,000 adults who don't qualify for Medicaid are special treatment: payback for their vote! How is this any different from a pol putting a crony in charge, or funneling business to him?

    They don't feel like buying health insurance (neither do I). But rather than penalize them (as I will be), this "expansion" lowers the bar so they can get a free ride from taxpayers. But for the fact that 0care is rammed down our throats, the issue would never have come up. And because Medicaid does require copays in limited circumstances, how does anyone know that these same people won't continue to use the ER?

    Gov, don't let 0bama force even more of the costs of 0bamacare on the middle class. Keep saying NO!

  • free2bme Feb 19, 5:00 p.m.

    CrumpsBrother
    The person you voted for is in office so move on.Stop blaming Bev. I am not saying she did everything right because we all know she did not. We all know why she did not run again. Probably the same reason NC has not had a Republican governor in how man years. And at the rate we are going, why we will not have one again in many years to come. There is enough blame to go around isn't there.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 19, 4:57 p.m.

    Plenty-"Funny how a nurse, or a manager, or an accountant and other jobs that require degrees here in NC according to BLS data still make far more than teachers"

    4strikes-"They also have to work full time. They should get paid more."

    Teachers don't? Go ahead and add the 2 month pay for the summer in to their figure, its still many tens of thousands of dollars less in almost every case with a comparable profession.

  • ripetomatoes Feb 19, 4:57 p.m.

    What a change in leadership style.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 19, 4:54 p.m.

    "They can work during the summer or vacation in Florida with Obama. You cant compare yearly salaries of teachers with other yearly salaries."

    Sure you can. All you have to do is divide their salary by 10. Then multiply it by 2 to get the 2 months unpaid figure. A teacher making 35K over 10 months would then add 7K (3500 + 3500). Still tens of thousands less than comparable professions requiring the same education level.

  • SouthernPackerFan Feb 19, 4:48 p.m.

    HEY MORRIGAN...."A House committee has rejected a Democratic proposal to use federal dollars to expand Medicaid coverage to an estimated 500,000 low-income residents for three years...
    so now you redefined what constitues "wealthy"

    ...."who earn too much for Medicaid, so let's lower the bar and raise "program" expenses for everyone rather than prosecute those who steal at the ER!"

    Morrigan

  • WooHoo2You Feb 19, 4:47 p.m.

    Teachers only work 10 months. However they can get their salary paid over 10 months or divided into 12 payments. They can work during the summer or vacation in Florida with Obama. You cant compare yearly salaries of teachers with other yearly salaries. Better comparison would be by the month.-superman

    You just said it….they can either get paid over 10 months or over 12….

  • superman Feb 19, 4:27 p.m.

    Teachers only work 10 months. However they can get their salary paid over 10 months or divided into 12 payments. They can work during the summer or vacation in Florida with Obama. You cant compare yearly salaries of teachers with other yearly salaries. Better comparison would be by the month.

  • LocalYokel Feb 19, 4:25 p.m.

    Education and Efficiency. YES!

    Economy?! what the heck does that mean specifically?

  • OGE Feb 19, 4:18 p.m.

    http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/01/10/2598132/gov-pat-mccrory-gives-his-cabinet.html

    Nice Pat!!!

  • OGE Feb 19, 4:15 p.m.

    So he wants to cut unemployment and Medicaid...but has already seen fit to give people raises?

  • 4Strikes Feb 19, 4:00 p.m.

    "Funny how a nurse, or a manager, or an accountant and other jobs that require degrees here in NC according to BLS data still make far more than teachers"

    They also have to work full time. They should get paid more.

  • babbleon Feb 19, 3:31 p.m.

    Check out what is going on out west where people are drilling on privare land. Its a boom! Crumps Br0ther

    Yeah, a boom right in your bathtub.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1558250/

  • Angel67 Feb 19, 3:27 p.m.

    WATERTOWERTOWN, I NEED A JOB. FOR REAL.

  • tayled Feb 19, 3:22 p.m.

    Gov McCory has his lap full of grap the needs to be fixed. Our State is broke, funds have been misused for years by the good ole boy networks and All you folks can do is complain to each other. There needs to be changes in State Gov. as a 25 yr employee I have seen the waste. People around the office are staying Gov. McCory said State Employees were seat warmers. Well, he said reward the good ones and the seat warmer's need to go. I agree !!! I bet the ones talking about it, are the seat warmers ... Have a Great Day ! Agree to Disagree but work together for the result !!! A Better North Carolina

    What I would like to see end is the filling of state positions based on WHO you know rather than WHAT you know. I have an advanced degree and experience in History. For years, I applied to job after job in Cultural Resources, only to watch lesser qualified individuals fill the positions just because they had higher connections than I did. Sometimes, these people failed in those jobs miserably,

  • tayled Feb 19, 3:17 p.m.

    Yep, I have a friend from way back that is still trying to get a job. He is doing all he can to keep him and his kid fed and sheltered. He is constantly trying to get a job. ANY job. I know he is applying at fast food or anything that he is qualified for. He is still looking so he can take care of his kid and his health issues.

    Believe it or not, when I was looking for work, I tried to go to the fast food places. I have and advanced degree, but I was willing to work. What was I told at McDonald's? "Since you do not speak Spanish fluently, I cannot hire you because you would not be able to communicate with your co-workers"

  • tayled Feb 19, 3:15 p.m.

    babedan--you need to REALLY get your facts straight. Look at the official state salaries using the post that I and coups posted. I noticed you didn't repsond to me. I have been teaching 12 years and with my supplement from the county plus state salary only make $39590. I will be glad for you to make up the difference of what I am suppose according to your "sources".

    Good teachers should be our highest paid state employees, not the governor, the director of the Art Museum, or certainly not the director of the so called Education Lottery. Our high officials should know that if it were not for good teachers, they would not be where they are today!

  • Elem-Teach Feb 19, 2:48 p.m.

    babedan--you need to REALLY get your facts straight. Look at the official state salaries using the post that I and coups posted. I noticed you didn't repsond to me. I have been teaching 12 years and with my supplement from the county plus state salary only make $39590. I will be glad for you to make up the difference of what I am suppose according to your "sources".

  • GravyPig Feb 19, 2:36 p.m.

    ""How many unemployed will now accept that job at Hardees or Wendys now that their unemployment has been cut." These comments kill me. I was collecting no benefits of any kind and still couldn't get a job."

    Yep, I have a friend from way back that is still trying to get a job. He is doing all he can to keep him and his kid fed and sheltered. He is constantly trying to get a job. ANY job. I know he is applying at fast food or anything that he is qualified for. He is still looking so he can take care of his kid and his health issues.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 19, 2:32 p.m.

    arfamr-"please also include cost of living in your little statements...a teacher in NJ making 75K has the same standard of living as one in harnett county making 30K. dont cherry pick your facts please.'

    Funny how a nurse, or a manager, or an accountant and other jobs that require degrees here in NC according to BLS data still make far more than teachers. And they live in the area also. Does the cost of living adjustment not apply to them? The fact remains, NC teacher pay is still amongst the worst in the nation even if California, New York City, and NJ have a bit more cost of living. There's still a whole lot more states and the gap between the professions is just as large regardless of where you live.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 19, 2:22 p.m.

    plenty:" a 500sq ft apartment in NJ, NY, CA and many other areas costs 300k...you have junk stats"

    LOL. I have stats that are accurate (unless the state has some massive conspiracy to lie)...You have nothing except some irrelevant cost of living guesses which is not what we're arguing about. It takes a NC teacher with a bachelors degree over 30 years to hit 50K per year.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 19, 2:19 p.m.

    "Yep Plenty Coups: www.teacherportal.com/salary/north-carolina-teacher-salary/"

    And its not accurate. They estimate and don't take into accountthe fact that teacher pay has been frozen. That's why you should use state data.

  • WooHoo2You Feb 19, 2:11 p.m.

    please also include cost of living in your little statements...a teacher in NJ making 75K has the same standard of living as one in harnett county making 30K. dont cherry pick your facts please.-arfamr1007

    You just cherry picked yours…an entire STATE verses a single (very rural and poor) county!

  • babedan Feb 19, 2:04 p.m.

    Six String, They were blocked by Bev How 'bout them apples?

  • babedan Feb 19, 1:47 p.m.

    Yep Plenty Coups: www.teacherportal.com/salary/north-carolina-teacher-salary/

  • arfamr1007 Feb 19, 1:41 p.m.

    plenty: a 500sq ft apartment in NJ, NY, CA and many other areas costs 300k...you have junk stats

  • arfamr1007 Feb 19, 1:38 p.m.

    glad to finally see a leader looking at efficiency!!

  • arfamr1007 Feb 19, 1:38 p.m.

    Overall teacher pay, including any and all supplements, still lags tens of thousands of dollars behind other professions requiring the same education. It's a matter of public record. A teacher hired in 2008 is still making around 31K per year.

    Plenty Coups

    please also include cost of living in your little statements...a teacher in NJ making 75K has the same standard of living as one in harnett county making 30K. dont cherry pick your facts please.

  • Elem-Teach Feb 19, 1:36 p.m.

    Babedan--$30,800 is the starting salary for a first year teacher! There is no average. Fresh out of college with a degree. You have to teach for a year before you can begin working towards your masters and notional board certification.
    http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/fbs/finance/salary/schedules/2012-13schedules.pdf will give you the correct info. You my friend are way off!!

  • Terkel Feb 19, 1:32 p.m.

    "blocking the Medicaid expansion affects 500,000 working NC citizens," free2be

    ...."who earn too much for Medicaid, so let's lower the bar and raise "program" expenses for everyone rather than prosecute those who steal at the ER!"

  • Plenty Coups Feb 19, 1:26 p.m.

    babedan-"Plenty Coups, Sorry to make you look silly, but I just looked up the average starting salary for NC and it's $37,050 with an avearage salary for all teachers at $46,605."

    LOL. And of course you have a legitimate source? The state NC DPI salary schedule is very clear. Page one, a teacher with 0 to 3 years makes with a 4 year bachelors degree makes about 30 to 31K. Furthermore, it takes a NC teacher over 30 years to hit 50K. You're using data I suppose from the "Teacher portal" website which fails to take into account budget cuts, and the fact that pay has been frozen since 2008.

    Actual state website:

    http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/fbs/finance/salary/schedules/2012-13schedules.pdf

    "Starting salary ranks 37th with the average salary at 24th in the country. So your crying is just that crying. Boo Hoo Hoo"

    Try using factual info. Even the John Locke Foundation doesn't dispute that CURRENT NC teacher pay is 45th in the nation.

  • Raleigh Boys Feb 19, 1:14 p.m.

    Do not blame me, I voted for the other guy.

  • kornfan2448 Feb 19, 1:11 p.m.

    "How many unemployed will now accept that job at Hardees or Wendys now that their unemployment has been cut."
    These comments kill me. I was collecting no benefits of any kind and still couldn't get a job. Fortunately, after a tireless search and hundreds upon hundreds of submitted resumes and applications, I finally got hired. I was one of 13 fortunate people hired by a company that received over 800+ applications in one month alone. That's a hire rate of less than 2%. That means that @780+ people that applied for one of those oh so plentiful jobs are still unemployed. This was at one store location alone. This is a job that will pay me almost half of what I was making before I got laid off. So sure, jobs are out there, but when you're one of hundreds applying, you're chances are pretty slim. Also, my economic contribution will be MUCH less than it previously was. And I consider myself one of the lucky ones. Sad, sad indeed.

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Feb 19, 1:05 p.m.

    Again...How about an overall response to the overall concept of the government does help people, and America is a giving country, and Libbies always want more free stuff.

  • babedan Feb 19, 1:00 p.m.

    Plenty Coups, Sorry to make you look silly, but I just looked up the average starting salary for NC and it's $37,050 with an avearage salary for all teachers at $46,605. Starting salary ranks 37th with the average salary at 24th in the country. So your crying is just that crying. Boo Hoo Hoo

  • Plenty Coups Feb 19, 12:47 p.m.

    Pirate-"If you think movies are not shown in every school system all over the state you are being naive."

    And this proves what? For as long as I've been alive, teachers have shown movies that deal with the curriculum.

    "You agree on terms of employment. You accept the pay."

    Perhaps the state should then honor the "terms of employment". They haven't kept their word for the last 5 years as far as teacher pay schedules and test score bonuses.

    "Plus all the complaining about salaries ignore the supplement that teachers are given. "

    Overall teacher pay, including any and all supplements, still lags tens of thousands of dollars behind other professions requiring the same education. It's a matter of public record. A teacher hired in 2008 is still making around 31K per year.

  • Terkel Feb 19, 12:47 p.m.

    "According to experts, the decision to not expand Medicaid will cost North Carolina much more in the long run. Get ready for higher premiums to pay for all those unfunded ER visits!" Plenty

    Not that you'll absorb this, but: this was to cover 500k adults who were too WEALTHY for Medicaid and chose to steal services from the ER rather than pay. WE were to pay for their Medicaid via the "expansion" so THEY wouldn't get fined for noncompliance with the Dictator's Orders! It was special treatment for HALF A MILLION, at the expense of the middle class! I'll get fined, since I have no intention of bowing to the Dictator; why don't the HALF MILLION get the same treatment?

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