POLL: Is President Obama Freezing Out Federal Employees? - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

The Obama administration proposed a two-year pay freeze on Monday for civilian federal employees. The President’s move aims to lower the deficit, which the White House projects to be $1.4 trillion this year. “The hard truth is that getting this deficit under control is going to require broad sacrifice, and that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government,” President Obama said yesterday.

The proposal, which exempts military personne and must first be approved by Congressl, comes only two days shy of Mr. Obama’s deficit commissions’ deadline to submit extended fiscal and tax policy changes. According to the White House, the move is slated to save $2 billion during the 2011 fiscal year, $28 billion over the next five years, and more than $60 billion over the next 10 years.

But we want to know what you think: Is the Obama Administration’s new proposal putting an unfair burden on federal workers?

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With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for BlackEnterprise.com. She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina, Latina.com, Honeymag.com, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.

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