Senate wants to eliminate retirement health benefits for new state employees in 2016

Lagging behind the national average in teacher pay and slashing thousands of teacher assistant position isn't enough for the NC Senate apparently. Their recently passed budget proposal includes eliminating retirement health benefits for state employees, including teachers, who start after January 1, 2016. Losing retirement benefits, a key factor to why some choose to forgo larger salaries working in the private sector, may make it hard for North Carolina to attract and retain workers.

From NC Policy Watch

So it’s especially challenging, she says, to recruit high quality employees in the border counties like Northampton because it’s so easy to go to a neighboring state and make more money.

“And we have a retention problem too,” said Smith-Ingram. “Teachers are leaving in exodus thanks to slow to no salary growth.”

“It appears there is an all out assault on state employees,” said Smith-Ingram. “Eliminating health retirement benefits just goes along with it.”


  1. John bonomo's avatar
    John bonomo
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    That is because they want people poorly educated and ignorant so they won't question what the government is doing and follow like a bunch of lemmings
  2. Patti's avatar
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    This is what Repugs do. The GOP is all about making it harder for the middle class.
  3. kay newman's avatar
    kay newman
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    Cut your own health care benefits FIRST, next cut your retairment in half, then come to me about cutting teachers benefits! And I have never had anything to do with schools except having children and grandchildren there. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
  4. Tom's avatar
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    When the government is broke, how do you expect them to pay retirement benefits ? With skittles and unicorns ? For the record, every government employee should have their retirement benefits cut, not just teachers. Schools already suck up way too many tax dollars. Homeschoolers can educate a kid, including special needs kids, for pennies compared to public schools, and do a better job. We should just get rid of compulsory education and lower everyone's tax burden; it would also get rid of a lot of parasitic government suckers on the taxpayer teat.
  5. Ckoonce's avatar
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    @john-federal government doing the same thing and no one seems to give a flying flip either!
  6. Michael Trangaris's avatar
    Michael Trangaris
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    It seems there are few morons supporting the Nc senate morons in their race to the bottom! How is having the worst schools and teachers going to attract investment? These fools think they can hang us all in tobacco barns to dry out while they send their kids to the best private schools on our dime!
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