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Taxpayers Paid $162.5 Million for Union Work

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The Washington Free Beacon discusses the practice of official time with Trey Kovacs. 

Trey Kovacs, a labor policy expert at the pro-free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, said the Trump administration should cut down on the practice to fulfill his campaign promises to pare back the budget to offset increased military spending. He said spending money on official time distracts from "real priorities, like veterans' services or environmental protection."

"Most taxpayers have no idea that their money is spent paying federal employees to perform union business unrelated to their public duties," Kovacs said in a statement. "Employees on official time are off lobbying on behalf of their union, attending union conventions, or doing some other union-related business. The Trump administration and Congress should waste no time in eliminating this subsidy for federal employee unions."

Read the full article at The Washington Free Beacon