Monday 22 October 2018

Paul Ryan tweets about 1.50 dollar pay boost, then deletes it

He faced online criticism after tweeting about the increase.

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By Associated Press Reporter

US House Speaker Paul Ryan has highlighted on Twitter a school secretary benefiting from the Republican tax overhaul, then deleted the tweet after online criticism that he is cheering an increase of 1.50 dollars (£1) a week.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that changes in tax withholding were sparking bigger wages, citing as one example Julia Ketchum of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, whose pay went up 1.50 dollars a week.

Mr Ryan on Saturday posted a tweet noting the secretary’s increase and linking to the AP story. He has posted several other examples of worker pay increases and bonuses since the overhaul, some as much as 1,000 dollars (£700).

Mr Ryan’s spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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