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Lawmakers propose 3.3% federal pay hike

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Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly, whose House district is home to thousands of federal employees, is proposing a 3.3 percent pay hike for those workers in 2015.

With Republicans in control of the House, the measure stands virtually no chance of becoming law, but it provides a rhetorical launching pad for Connolly and other Democrats who accuse the GOP of demonizing federal workers.

"After a three-year wage freeze, wage-reducing work furloughs, sequester cuts and a government shutdown, our nation's dedicated federal employees deserve fair compensation," Connolly said in a statement on March 26 when he introduced legislation to enact the pay increase.

Studies disagree about how federal compensation stacks up against the private sector, but pay freezes and budget woes have certainly taken their toll on the federal workforce in the past few years. Federal workers received a 1 percent increase for 2014.

Two of the co-sponsors of Connolly's measure -- fellow Democrats Jim Moran of Virginia and Elijah Cummings of Maryland -- also represent D.C.-area districts.

"After three years of a pay freeze and too many furloughs, they've earned a modest, decent raise," Moran said.

About the Author

John Bicknell is a former executive editor of FCW, and the author of America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion, and the Presidential Election That Transformed the Nation.

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Reader comments

Thu, Mar 27, 2014

Wow...If you click on the "Federal Compensation" link (in red) in the body of the article, it takes you to the following http://www.aei.org/files/2011/06/08/AEI-Working-Paper-on-Federal-Pay-May-2011.pdf. Interesting read. Perhaps the truth may be in the numbers. Of course, there's probably some economist who will come out of the democratic wood-work and debunk it. Effectively, tell us all the reasons why this paper is wrong. I don't presume to know its right, but it sure makes a compelling argument.

Thu, Mar 27, 2014

Sounds like an election year ploy to me. The Dems had plenty of opportunities to provide reasonable pay hilkes to end the pay freeze that THEY STARTED. Now that it looks like they are going to get a well-deserved shellacking this year, they resort to their primary source of influence - bribing the electorate with money forceably taken from the taxpayers and call their opponents cold-hearted. Considering that most forget the prime reason we got the pay freeze was because the country went broke when the Dems went on a wild spending spree after they got control of all branches of the Government, many will fall for this ploy. Look at all those big, Dem-controlled cities that went bankrupt, and you will see the same problem repeated over and over again. They do massive spending to buy off the voters, go broke and everyone suffers for it, then try to keep or get back in people's good graces with more tax payer funded bribery without ever fixing the prime problem.

Thu, Mar 27, 2014 RayW

I like the thought of an increase, but have to wonder what other "share" costs like insurance will also increase to offset that 3.3%.

Wed, Mar 26, 2014 Ken

Yeah...when monkeys fly out of my butt

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