Pat McCrory's cabinet makes more than $1 million -- a $78,000 boost since Republican lawmakers changed state law to allow the governor to set the salaries.
The eight cabinet salaries have been set in state law for years but the legislature gave the next governor the ability to change them. McCrory hiked his cabinet payroll an average 8 percent.
McCrory bumped four cabinet secretaries -- Health and Human Services, Public Safety, Transportation and Commerce -- to $135,000 from the previous $121,807. Four other agency heads -- Environment and Natural Resources, Revenue, Administration and Cultural Resources -- increased to $128,000 from $121,807.
However, Wos, the DHHS secretary, is not accepting her pay hike. She is working for $1, just as State Budget Director Art Pope is doing.
McCrory told The News & Observer in an interview Wednesday that he set the salaries based on the size of the agency budgets. "I'm trying to make it at least where they can afford to live while running multi-billion departments," McCrory said.
The legislature raised the governor's salary 1.2 percent to $141,265, just as with other state employees. Under former Gov. Bev Perdue, cabinet salaries totaled $975,000. Under McCrory, the total is nearly $1.1 million.