Gov. Pat McCrory is defending the higher salaries he is offering his Cabinet members, saying that is actually paying out less than his predecessor, Bev Perdue.
McCrory took advantage of new law passed by the legislature to offer his new Cabinet higher salaries. The Republican Cabinet makes a combined $1.1 million, an 8 percent increase over his Democratic predecessor.
“Our salary structure will be lower than the previous administration's salary structure totally,” McCrory told reporters Monday fielding questions at a fire site at the Administration Building.
“I have one Cabinet member and one member of my staff who are working for $ 1 a year,'' he said. He was referring to Aldona Wos, his health and human services secretary of Art Pope, his budget director.
“In addition, my current Cabinet secretaries have many more people working for them that make more money than they do,” McCrory said. “ So I needed to deal with some salary discrepancies within state government.
“ I have people running multi-billion dollar operations in state government,'' McCrory said. “I think their current salaries, need to be at a minimum, meet the needs of someone running a $5 billion operation which is far less than most city and county managers...and other people make within state government make. ''