President Obama wants to give raises to people collecting federal paychecks, but in his new budget proposal, troops would get a larger pay boost than civilian employees.
The White House budget plan released Monday would increase federal civilian pay by a modest 0.5 percent, a bump that would end a two-year cost-of-living pay freeze. Uniformed military personnel would receive a 1.7 percent raise in 2013, the increase indicated by law, according to the proposal.
The budget also calls for federal workers to increase their contribution to their retirement program by 1.2 percent over three years.
“A permanent pay freeze is neither sustainable nor desirable,” Obama’s proposal said.