Democrats bash Trump plan for federal pay raise

Photo The vagueness of President Trump’s proposed pay raise for federal workers has added another headache for any of his possible Democratic challengers hoping to convince voters they have the more responsible economic plan…

Democrats bash Trump plan for federal pay raise

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The vagueness of President Trump’s proposed pay raise for federal workers has added another headache for any of his possible Democratic challengers hoping to convince voters they have the more responsible economic plan for the country.

The White House announced on Tuesday that the wage hike it wants for all government workers would be paid for by cutting subsidies for farm subsidies and drug discounts, something that cuts both ways: One group that loses out would be the pharmaceuticals industry, which relies on the government to subsidize the Medicare Part D program. The budget estimates that the combination of those cuts would still leave less revenue available to reduce the deficit than the Trump administration has requested.

Democrats are quick to point out that the president’s budget, which was released this week, includes an increase for federal workers. Some Democrats in Congress have proposed more expansive increases that they say would more than double the income of the lowest-paid federal workers.

The pay raise would only affect workers like Tom Delgado, a paralegal for the government who earns about $70,000 a year, the Associated Press reported.

Mr. Delgado, who lives in another state with an economy similar to that of New York, believes that his income would rise by less than $1,000 a year under the pay raise Mr. Trump is proposing. He feels like a man without a chair.

“No matter what happens with the president’s plan, it is still not necessarily going to benefit me and the other 6.6 million people who have been working in the federal government since 1977,” Mr. Delgado said.

But being a paralegal for the government does come with perks. Not every government worker can live near Manhattan, but Mr. Delgado can visit. “I am fairly lucky,” he said.

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