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President Donald Trump wasn’t going to give citizens a chance to support a monstrous 26% increase in salary for government workers.
In a recently declared arrangement, the president dropped that raise down to a reasonable 1.9 percent pay increment, proceeding to offer help to citizens.
Trump told Congress of this new arrangement in a letter, saying that that he decreasing the expansion definitely on the grounds that “the alterations that would some way or another produce results that are wrong.”
Under the current law, the the pay schedule that governs federal employee salaries would raise pay in 2018 by an average of 26 percent and cost taxpayers $26 billion, according to the White House.
“A pay increase of this magnitude is not warranted, and federal agency budgets could not accommodate such an increase while still maintaining support for key federal priorities such as those that advance the safety and security of the American people,” Trump wrote of the current plan.
The law that Trump references that commands pay increments is the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act. Past presidents have routinely superseded the law, yet Trump’s announcements are more grounded than that of previous President Barack Obama utilized.
“We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a sustainable fiscal course,” Trump wrote.
Federal employee unions and advocacy groups opposed Trump’s plan, and would favor a larger increase.
“While federal employees will appreciate the raise, an average increase of 1.9 percent is the minimum required to prevent federal pay from declining further, and more rapidly, below market than the current 35 percent wage disparity between public- and private-sector wages,” said Richard Thissen, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.
Tony Reardon, leader of the National Treasury Employees Union, which underpins a 3.2 percent government wage increment, trusts the expansion isn’t sufficient.
“NTEU believes this figure is too low especially in light of the fact that federal law calls for a 1.9 percent across-the-board raise and private sector wages are growing at an even faster rate,”