Trump Administration Uses ‘Emergency’ Provision To Cancel Pay Raises For Americans

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Donald Trump has had trouble keeping people in his administration. Worse, he has had more difficulty urging others to come aboard as replacements. Now, he has done something that it will make it even more difficult to keep employees around.

Trump wrote a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI):

‘I am transmitting an alternative plan for pay adjustments for civilian Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and certain other pay systems in January 2019. Title 5, United States Code, authorizes me to implement alternative plans for pay adjustments for civilian Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and certain other pay systems if, because of “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare,” I view the increases that would otherwise take effect as inappropriate.’

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POTUS has decided the best way to shape up the economy is to set the planned 2.1 percent pay raise for federal employees and locality pay increases back to zero percent. Certainly, he knew that his much-lauded tax cut that benefitted corporations and the top one percenters was expensive, $1.9 trillion over 10 years. It was so terribly expensive that he had to borrow that money to hand it out to his friends at Mar-a-Lago and elsewhere. He wrote on:

‘Under current law, locality pay increases averaging 25.70 percent, costing $25 billion, would go into effect in January 2019, in addition to a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for the base General Schedule.  We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases.  Accordingly, I have determined that it is appropriate to exercise my authority to set alternative across-the-board and locality pay adjustments for 2019 pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 5303(b) and 5304a.’

It is no wonder that people across America are angry. Wages have not increased for forty years. They have actually begun a slide backward. There used to be a hope that children would make more than their parents, but that hope no longer exists. He continued:

‘Specifically, I have determined that for 2019, both across‑the‑board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero.  These alternative pay plan decisions will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well‑qualified Federal workforce.’

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First comes the wage stagnation that Trump laid down on people who are already too burdened. One person used to be able to support a family. Then, it was two. Now, so many people each work one and a half jobs and still live paycheck-to-paycheck. POTUS added:

‘As noted in my Budget for Fiscal Year 2019, the cost of employing the Federal workforce is significant.  In light of our Nation’s fiscal situation, Federal employee pay must be performance-based, and aligned strategically toward recruiting, retaining, and rewarding high-performing Federal employees and those with critical skill sets.  Across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases, in particular, have long-term fixed costs, yet fail to address existing pay disparities or target mission critical recruitment and retention goals.’

This will likely be only the beginning of the cutbacks. Republicans spend big to help their donors and their donors alone. Next comes the demand for stealing from the Social Security accounts that people paid into for decades and must have to even exist. Then will come attacks on Medicare and Medicaid Insurance. These promises mean nothing in greedy hands. The man who would be leader of the free world ended with:

‘The adjustments described above shall take effect on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2019.’

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