State employees getting pay cut

Reported by Claire Simms - bio | email
Posted by Nikki Brochetti - email

NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - State employees will soon see less money in their paychecks.

Governor Beverly Perdue announced Tuesday that every North Carolina state employee will face a half percent salary cut for the next two months.

The governor's latest budget cut is called the Flexible Furlough Program.

She says North Carolina is currently facing a 3 billion dollar budget shortfall and this move will help make up some major ground.

"I don't like doing it," said Perdue, "Nobody in the state likes doing it, but I'm going to go back in and put in place an executive order that will raise for the people of North Carolina another billion dollars."

For a state worker making $50,000 a year, this move will mean around $250 less per year.

In return for their salary cuts, state employees will get 10 hours of flexible leave to use between June 1 and December 31 of this year.

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