We have to tighten our belts and live within our means


Unless of course you are a young Republican with little experience who helped the liberty-tea-swilling governor get elected in North Carolina, which merits a big fat raise at taxpayer expense.

Link — Matthew McKillip was named this week as chief policy adviser to Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos. Records show the 24-year-old McKillip received a $22,500 raise in April, bringing his taxpayer-supported salary to $87,500. Records show 24-year-old DHHS Communications Director Ricky Diaz got a $23,000 raise in April, boosting his state salary to $85,000.

McCrory didn’t respond to requests Thursday seeking comment. Wos also did not respond. While there is certainly nothing new about campaign staffers moving into government jobs once their bosses are elected, the big state paychecks for McCrory’s ex-campaign workers appear at odds with his repeated calls for belt-tightening in state government.

Of course they didn’t respond, what would they say? They don’t appear at odds, they are at odds. As the article notes that’s three times the starting rate for public teachers in the same state. It’s also just the tip of the iceberg, there are dozens of others, many under age 30, who have received lucrative salaries in the McCroy administration.

It is SOP that to the winners go the spoils as much as it is for the opposition to point it out when it happens. What makes it particularly ugly isn’t just that this clown whines on a regular basis about how everyone needs to tighten their belt and how awful big gubmint is. This clown has passed ledge slashing programs and freezing pay for the working poor and the middle class at every opportunity, weakly justified on too much spending and too much taxation.


  1. naturalcynic says

    He has a model administration packed with young punks Republican campaign workers: the Baghdad embassy circa 3003-4.
    They’ll probably be about as competent.

  2. Skip White says

    Holy crap, I wasn’t even making $22,500 a year when I was 24, and working at a group home for people with mental illness was a much harder job than I’m guessing “chief policy adviser to Health and Human Services Secretary” is.

  3. smhll says

    Those are some whopping big percentage raises for guys that appear to be too young (ahem) to have much in the way of years of experience.

  4. grumpyoldfart says

    They must have a pretty good shit-file on the Governor if he’s prepared to give them such big raises.

  5. Holms says

    They must have a pretty good shit-file on the Governor if he’s prepared to give them such big raises.

    …Shit file? Your assumption being that he wants to give them a low salary (in line with his oft-voiced platform) and thus avoid hypocrisy.

    No, there is no need for a shit file when there is a simpler explanation: hypocrisy and cronyism.

  6. Onamission5 says

    I suppose they get free health care and transportation stipends on top of their grossly inflated paychecks, while my kids’ school district has to make due with staff and budget cuts for the third year in a row despite being one of the top 100 districts in the country. So much for performance based incentives for teachers.

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