41 officials to take pay cut: CCSD makes numerous cuts to offset $28M deficit | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment Non-union South Carolina's largest county, Charleston, is slashing the salaries of 45 of it's highest paid employees to make the budget shortfall come closer to balance. Rather than firing people, they are cutting pay for their highest paid and going from there. Non-union, Republican dominated South Carolina is leading the way on this. No firings. Cut the pay of the highest paid. Makes sense. Those who can afford it most take the first cut. The folks at the bottom don't. If only union dominated states had the freedom to make good, smart decisions like this, we'd avoid all the protests, lost work days, threats of violence, etc. SC can just make the decision and go with it.