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North Carolina Troopers on Food Stamps, Taking Second Jobs Amid Pay Fight

November 27, 2015  | 

State troopers suing North Carolina for millions of dollars in back pay say the state's broken promises have forced them into tough spots: working second jobs, moving in with parents, even going on food stamps.

About 800 troopers — equivalent to half the force — have joined a class-action lawsuit arguing that the state promised a schedule of regular pay increases when they were hired, but reneged because of budget problems. Many took pay cuts when they were recruited from other agencies, expecting to catch up quickly because of raises traditionally given about once a year, ABC News reports.

"I don't think people understand the hard times we're going through," said Master Trooper Rick Quinones, who lives with his wife and two young daughters in a spare bedroom at his parents' house.

His wife and children are covered by Medicaid, he said, and they use WIC government food assistance.

Comments (7)

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Jim @ 11/29/2015 6:20 AM

You are apparently not managing your money right!

S.S. @ 11/30/2015 7:04 AM

Some a**holes just can't keep their mouths shut (jim). You're an asshole! It's occuring in several departments. There's officers that are out there still doing their job and getting paid below what they should be paid, and how does the government repay them like this. Cut their pay in half, terminating officers cause there's no money in the budget. God forbid this never happens to you jim. You prick!

tedb @ 11/30/2015 8:47 AM

S.S.: Calm down my friend. You are letting these idiots get to you, and that is their very purpose. While I also don't like the trolls on the site lately, having a heart attack from high-blood pressure won't make them go away. In about a week I will have 47 years in LE, and have already had a heart attack, so don't let them get to you like I did. Hang in there.

Robert @ 11/30/2015 10:26 AM

S.S. and tedb...
1. NC has basically frozen the pay of all government workers since 2009...not just the state police.
2. This has been because the republican leadership has refused to raise taxes..and has instead voted to reduce costs to keep the budget in balance.
3. LEO typically vote strongly republican.
so it seems that any state trooper who voted for the current government in NC (who has made it clear they will cut costs vs raise taxes)...has no right to complain that their pay has been cut?

S.S. @ 11/30/2015 10:55 AM

tedb don't worry in perfect health. that this site is supposed to be for l.e. yet we have a**holes like jim, who get on the site and wanna troll this site. They don't have a clue. robert there's a lot more to it than what you say. Trust me I've researched of why this occurs. It doesn't just fall on the laps of the republicans. As far as I'm concerned the dems are the biggest threat to our nation!

Pamela @ 11/30/2015 10:58 AM

I made more at my last job in a year than the Sampson County Deputy I was seeing and more than the troopers I knew and I was in retail. These guys and gals deserve so much more for what they do, so much more. Come on NC, give them their rightful pay, you get yours no doubt about that and you deserve so much less. Forgo your raises that you are going to give yourselves and give to them. Trust me sitting in a chair all day deciding to raise taxes is not a life altering job.

David Harrell @ 2/1/2016 7:21 PM

The republicans have the dirty job of trying get state spending under control after democrats spent it all plus more. Jim Hunt seved two seperate 8 year terms. At the end of each we were in deep trouble financially. Dave

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