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Elected officials, judges take pay cut

Elaine MarshallElaine Marshall will also take a voluntary pay cut.

In a press release today, the secretary of state said she would ask that her annual salary be reduced by half a percent, in line with cuts proposed by Gov. Beverly Perdue.

"This is a significant step toward making hard choices to balance the State Budget," she said. "It affects all of us, including myself. I have taken the steps necessary to ensure the pay reduction applies to me as well."

Under state law, Perdue does not have the authority to reduce the pay of Council of State members such as Marshall.

Schools Superintendent June Atkinson and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker have also volunteered for a pay cut.

Update: Marshall and Atkinson's pay cuts are worth about $616 a year.

Second Update: Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has also volunteered.

"Balancing our state’s budget will not be an easy task, and I certainly want to do my part in supporting my employees at the Department of Insurance and this portion of the state budget solution," he said in a statement.

Third Update: A spokeswoman for the governor says that all of the members of the Council of State and elected judges will take the cut.


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Re: Elected officials, judges take pay cut

I doubt Beason under reported his taxes.My guess is he had clients give him 1099's that showed what he then reported on his tax return because the difference went as kickbacks and payoffs to pols and others for favors.So he did not under report his income.Where are the crack reporters on all the corruption in Raleigh and NC.Appears the John Locke Foundation's Carolina Journal is the only paper trying to expose any of the corruption.Could it be because it is almost all democrats.

Re: Elected officials, judges take pay cut

I doubt Beason under reported his taxes.My guess is he had clients give him 1099's that showed what he then reported on his tax return because the difference went as kickbacks and payoffs to pols and others for favors.So he did not under report his income.Where are the crack reporters on all the corruption in Raleigh and NC.Appears the John Locke Foundation's Carolina Journal is the only paper trying to expose any of the corruption.Could it be because it is almost all democrats.

Re: Elected officials, judges take pay cut

Nice political ploy, but the folks aren't buying it

Re: Elected officials, judges take pay cut

We sure could help payoff our #3 BILLION shortfall by getting some of that money Beason underreported. Isn't what he did tax evasion. It is one thing to not pay like a Geitner or some of Obama's nominees. Afterall the tax code is thousands of pages. It is another to intentionally underreport and therefore avoid paying taxes.

Re: Elected officials, judges take pay cut

This is pretty funny. It's almost as if they think we believe the elected rats are in it for the salary and that they are actually taking a hit.

Folks, the big bucks are in the corruption payoffs.......ain't no paycuts going on there!

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