Gov. Perdue today announced that North Carolina state employees won’t be getting a pay raise in this summer’s budget. Perdue did, however, mention the possibility of paying back the unpaid two-day furlough from last year; but that remains in doubt.
Perdue’s administration writes the first draft of the state budget every year, and lawmakers then make substantial changes before passing it. In this case, though, legislative leaders already agreed with Perdue on forgoing raises. They expressed caution about paying back the $65 million to $70 million in furlough money.
“It depends on the economy,” said Rep. Mickey Michaux, a Durham Democrat and senior budget committee chairman. “I would gladly consider it, but that’ll be tempered by what [revenue] we’re bringing in.”
The governor did not comment on whether any state workers will lose their jobs this year, an issue on which they had conflicting messages recently.