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Obama proposes raises for federal employees

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WASHINGTON, D.C., (KTTC) -- 2013 may have a little something special in store for federal employees thanks to President Obama.  The president is proposing a half-percent pay raise for federal employees.

It's been two years since federal civilian employees have had a pay increase because of the freeze.  The Washington Post reports the president is calling to put an end to that.

A proposal for a .5% salary increase for federal employees will become part of 2013 budget.  One could speculate this will only fuel the fire between the White House and Congress regarding government spending.  Another small spark is between Washington D.C. and the average businessman.

Not everyone is on board with a government the pay raise.

"No one else's wages are going up. Fuel prices go up. Food prices in the store goes up. Everything's going up," explained Scott Phoenix of Hayfield.  Phoenix runs Minnesota Central School Bus. 

The proposal would add just more than $763 million to the salary budget.

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