State employees feel budget bite

May 29, 2009 1:51:13 PM PDT
North Carolina state employees headed to their credit unions Friday with smaller paychecks.It was their first pay cut since Governor Beverly Perdue ordered the move to help pay the state's bills.

Friday - in an effort to soften the blow - Wake County District Court judges threw a pay cut pizza party for their clerks

"Well, when you're in law school, they teach you that the most important person in the courtroom is the clerk and with all the problems that we've had with the state, we just wanted to give back to the clerks to show our appreciation," offered Judge Vince Rozier.

"It means a lot to us for somebody to step in and overcome everything that's been going on," said clerk Lori Callaway.

Callaway says the pay cut - and the possibility of more - is cutting into her dreams.

"Well, I was trying to buy a house but I've kind of put that on hold for now," she said. "Everyone here, I think I can speak for all the staff, are taking it with a grain of salt and hoping for the best and just really happy that we have jobs."

The current pay cuts average less than a hundred dollars a month depending on salary. The state says that will save them $65 million this year.

Some state employees think it will take more cuts, but they're hoping it won't take another bite out of their pay.


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