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Missouri Union workers disagree with the National Salary Freeze for Federal Employees

Date: November 30, 2010
By: Jamal Andress
State Capitol Bureau

Missouri's AFL-CIO says President Obama made the wrong step in proposing a salary freeze for federal workers. Jamal Andress has more from the state Capitol.
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Wrap: The president is pushing for the freeze, saying it'll help fix the U.S. deficit. 

But Missouri AFL-CIO Treasurer Herb Johnson says this will prove no help for the country.

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Description: "That money will no longer be in circulation and it's just one more notch against a recovering economy."

While the president's decision drew criticism from unions, he got praise from Republicans.

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri said in a statement that he was "encouraged" by the plan.  

The president says the federal pay freeze will save more than $2 billion by June.

From Jefferson City I'm Jamal Andress.         

The Missouri AFL-CIO says President Obama's plan to freeze the salaries of federal workers is not the right way to deal with the deficit. Jamal Andress has more from Jefferson City.
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Wrap: The U.S. deficit is more than $13 trillion.

The president says the pay freeze would help fix that.  

But Missouri AFL-CIO Treasurer Herb Johnson says it won't fix anything.

Johnson says all it'll do is help the rich.

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Description: "It is my opinion the Bush Tax Cuts must come to an end. They created the deficit to begin with, these people came in with a surplus budget, and they immidiately cut the taxes to the rich and privilieged."

Those tax cuts expire at the end of the year, unless Congress votes to extend them.

From the state Capitol, I'm Jamal Andress.

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