Obama proposes pay freeze, appoints BYU professor Rex Facer to Federal Salary Council

by | Dec. 01, 2010

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The proposal to freeze federal salaries announced Monday by President Barack Obama will affect 36,400 employees in Utah, finally mirroring the financial stagnation seen in the private job market, say state economists.

"It's what the recession had done to the private sector," said Mark Knold, chief economist with the Utah Department of Workforce Services. "It's not like (the government) is doing something that the rest of the economy isn't."

Obama's proposal for a two-year freeze affecting nearly 2 million federal workers would mean saving more than $5 billion over the first two years — only a small dent in the nation's debt of nearly $14 trillion.

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