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Governor shifts workers' comp claims to colleges and school districts

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Teacher pay raises do affect our budget. Governor Pat McCrory's budget proposal shifts the liability of future workers' comp claims to community colleges and local school districts; they’re reacting to the news.

Leaders say they’re concerned the proposal is too late in the game.

For example, Pitt Community College submitted their budget request to the county in March and Chief Financial Officer Ricky Brown says they did include funds for this purpose.

The college currently pays approximately $45,000 per year from local funds for workers’ compensation insurance just to cover local and institutional funded employees, a fraction of their total workforce. College officials say there are not enough funds available to purchase insurance for all their state-funded employees.

“If they gave us another year, then we of course would incorporate our request to the county. We've already missed the gate.” Brown said. 

Governor McCrory tells 9 On Your Side he asked the colleges and local school districts to cover this expense to help cut down on fraud.

McCrory says his office does not have local control over enforcement and hopes this approach proves to be effective.

“We've got to have local control of workman's comp so we get control of those cost that are busting all budgets at this point in time.” McCrory said.

The Pitt County Board of Education says they'll also be affected. McCrory's proposal requires them to cover worker's comp and school bus tort claims, or claims to cover bus accidents. Spokesman Brock Letchworth says this would create a projected $1.7 million budget shortfall for next year’s and future year’s budgets.
"That amount of money is the equivalent to 37 teaching positions. It doesn’t mean we would have to eliminate 37 teachers but that puts it into perspective,” said Letchworth.
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