The tale of North Carolina's $45 million 'seat-warmer'

SEPTEMBER 06, 2014 4:00 PM

The tale of North Carolina's $45 million 'seat-warmer'
By Ned Barnett -

For a man who spent 14 years in public service as mayor of Charlotte, Pat McCrory brought an oddly skeptical attitude toward public employees when he became governor.

In his first State of the State speech in 2013, he said, “We want to reward our talented state employees, but seat-warmers must be a thing of the past.”

Why would Josh Stein Fight to Deny a State Employee His or Her Constitutional Right to a Hearing?

In 2012 I was a low level state employee who had earned a vested right to a hearing in the Office of Administrative Hearings (“OAH”) to contest whether or not my position had been appropriately reclassified as exempt from the State Personnel Act by any Governor who might be elected in the future.

In 2013 the General Assembly tried to take that vested right to a hearing away from me and 1,199 other state employees.

I have a thing to tell you, Governor McCrory

In 1937 North Carolina’s most famous native son Thomas Wolfe published a novella entitled ‘I Have a Thing to Tell You.’

In the novella Wolfe describes leaving Berlin (in which he was very popular), his departure by train, and his final understanding of what was happening to the Jews in Germany, revealed to him by a German official's arrest of a Jew who was riding in Wolfe’s car.

Given all the recent noise concerning HB2 I was reminded of Wolfe.

Here’s what he wrote so long ago:

Invest in the future, invest in education.

Our current state leadership projects a revenue surplus for the coming year. Yet they are asking all state agencies to show a 2% cut in their proposed budgets for the next legislative session.

School officials say a late August memo from Gov. Pat McCrory’s chief budget officer signals that all state departments, including the public schools, must soon present options for a 2 percent cut in their 2017-2019 budget, roughly a $173 million loss for North Carolina schools.

Trump Drag

Trump is a lot of things, and one of those things is a loser. His toxic effects are likely to spread like slime all across the electoral landscape, especially here in North Carolina, where our frat-boy governor and senior senator have fully embraced Mr. Trump's locker room bullshit. Thomas Mills, candidate for the 8th Congressional district, agrees:

Will today be the day?

Will today be the day that Richard Burr and Pat McCrory finally try to distance themselves from their pal, from the sexual predator that is Donald Trump?
Their judgment about the character of Mr. Trump is even worse than their judgment about public policy, and that's pretty damn bad.


Here are 2, Thursday afternoon news items:

The NBA has pulled the All Star Game out of Charlotte, taking lots and lots of dollar$$$ with it.


Twitter is referring to our governor as #HeroicBathroomWarrior.

This is what happens when government gets involved with people's bathroom habits.

Let's make it three, Governor!

Governor McCrory has done the right thing by vetoing ag-gag and religious discrimination. There are a few more things that need attention - the environment, voting rights, education, expanding Medicaid .... The top of my list: the latest attack on access to abortion.

Attention to this bill has mostly focused on the proposed 72 hour waiting period - which is medically unnecessary and insulting to women who are totally capable of making their own moral decisions without intrusion from politicians.


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