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Dennis A Ross
Obama proposes 'modest' federal pay raise
Obama proposes 'modest' federal pay raise

The White House has proposed a modest half-percent pay raise for civilian federal employees beginning next year — a move that would affect thousands of Maryland workers. If the across-the-board raise is approved by Congress, it would end a two-year-old salary freeze imposed as part of belt-tightening in Washington. The proposal comes at a time when congressional Republicans have sought to extend the freeze for at least another year. But several Maryland lawmakers and unions representing employees noted that the proposed increase is far less than inflation and doesn't cover recent increases in health care premiums deducted from paychecks. "They are already operating under a...