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February 10, 2011 by USA Post 

Wral School Closings, Dozens of school systems delayed the opening, but the morning commute Thursday passed without major problems such as snow and light snow fell in central and eastern North Carolina.

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(AP) – Employees of North Carolina State and public school teachers often look up the legislators to consider significant cuts, as three quarters of the state 19 billion and the budget is allocated to salaries and benefits.

But the anxiety levels for more than 300,000 teachers, university workers and other employees of the state have skyrocketed to the top of the legislative session with the approach of the Republican leadership of the closure of and a projected 3.7 billion-budget deficit for the coming year. GOP leaders have promised not to extend two temporary taxes that would have reduced the deficit by $ 1.3 billion.

“Every year at this same time last dance budget … there is always immediately enter in this principle that we will cut services and we will do bad things to the public employees,” said Dana Cope, executive director Association of Government Employees of North Carolina. “This is the first time that the budget deficit that we are talking about is real.”

The GOP and Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue predicted layoffs, but not how. GOP leaders will not also reject the idea of wage cuts in the council, and could require workers to pay a monthly premium for health insurance for the first time.

“Ultimately we have to get to where we are now in terms of spending at a level that is 18 percent less,” said Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, citing reductions wages, layoffs and employee health care as articles under discussion.

The conference was disappointing for the workers, since there has not had a pay increase since 2008, money for thousands of educators has been cut and health insurance benefits have deteriorated.

“Sometimes they say,” the cuts are coming, the cuts are coming, “but we say,” No, they will find a way to solve the problem, “and Kindel said Wanda, 43, a teacher of fifth year at Lake Rim Elementary School in Fayetteville, who earns about $ 50,000 per year. However, she says, “The heads are on the chopping block yet.”

The potential reductions in pay and health insurance premiums are the latest threats to the team of state government and local district teachers, who are also regarded as engaged by the State.

Workers are currently not paying their health insurance premiums, but premiums for spouses and dependents have increased by almost 9 percent per year in 2009 and 2010. And adding a premium of 50 per month, for example, about 321,000 active state employees enrolled in the National Health and could provide 193 million.

Perdue has ordered a pay cut of 0.5 percent for all employees to help fill a shortfall in an emergency budget in mid-2009, a decision that was expected to back and 65 million. Their wages back to previous levels the following year. General Assembly records dating back to 1970 does not show the Legislature approving permanent reductions in pay Consulting. The legislature has cut the salaries of employees during the Great Depression.

Lower wages is more likely to reduce employee morale and make them think twice about the remaining workers in dangerous jobs, “said Emily Jones, 39, a community corrections officer in Raleigh whose wages are low in the $ 30,000 s. It often works nights and weekends to ensure that offenders on probation are intensive meeting curfew and other requirements.

“We run the risk of losing employees,” said Jones, who has worked in state government for 19 years. “If you do not have people working, you can not keep your communities safe “.

Republican lawmakers are working on a plan that would rise and one billion in reserves and the cost savings and can reduce the need for some layoffs.

The North Carolina Association of Educators and State Workers Association are offering alternatives to legislators and Perdue on how to bridge the gap. Cope said the state employees association has collected hundreds of ideas of its members in total and would save 10 billion.

Public school teachers say they should not be the first to accept further reductions.

The goal of the work force overall state government has reduced by an amount equal to 10,100 full-time jobs between December 2008 and December 2009 to just under 317,000, according to a survey of agencies State by the office of the state budget and legislativeanlysts. Full-time equivalent positions in public schools have decreased by nearly 9,300 positions during the same period.

“When you talk about cutting teachers, you assign each county in the state,” said board member NCAE Kim Hargett, a professor of physical education in schools in Union County.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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