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Federal sequester could cut Youngstown base civilians to 4-day week



Published: Sat, February 23, 2013 @ 12:09 a.m.

By William K. Alcorn

alcorn@vindy.com

VIENNA

More than 400 civilian employees at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, headquarters for the 910th Airlift Wing, face mandatory unpaid furloughs of one day a week if the Congress fails to act on spending cuts scheduled to go into effect March 1.

The potential federal cuts stem from the Budget Control Act of 2011, which requires a plan to reduce the federal budget by $85.4 billion this year. If a plan is not proposed and acted on by Congress, then the sequester, or automatic spending cuts, goes into effect.

More will be cut in 2014 and later; from 2014 to 2021, the sequester will cut $87 billion to $92 billion from the discretionary budget every year.

The 2013 sequester includes:

$42.7 billion (7.9 percent) in defense cuts.

$28.7 billion (5.3 percent) in discretionary domestic cuts.

$9.9 billion (2 percent) in Medicare cuts.

$4 billion in other mandatory cuts (5.8 percent to nondefense programs and 7.8 percent to mandatory defense programs.)

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta sent a message Wednesday to all Department of Defense personnel, including the 910th Airlift Wing and Youngstown Air Reserve Station, discussing the department’s preparations for potential sequestration March 1.

The plan includes possible unpaid furloughs for almost all of its 800,000 civilian employees, for one day a week through the rest of fiscal year 2013, which ends Sept. 30, Panetta said.

The furloughs could affect 409 civilian employees at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station with an estimated cost of more than $3 million, said Brig. Gen. Brian E. Dominguez, 910th and YARS commander.

“While the Department of Defense will drive the train on furloughs, the 910th will make every effort possible to circle our wagons around our priority missions,” Dominguez said.

“All affected employees would be provided at least 30 days’ notice prior to executing a furlough, and your benefits will be protected to the maximum extent possible,” said Panetta.

Each workweek being shortened by one day until the end of September would affect YARS’ missions, projects, construction work and services should the furloughs be implemented. However, the extent of those effects is unknown, Dominguez said.

However, he said, according to Air Force guidance, sequestration could reduce baseline flying hours by 18 percent, limiting valuable training time for 910th air crew personnel and members flying YARS’ C-130H Hercules aircraft.

“We will work hard to keep our personnel and the local community in the loop as we receive the latest information about this developing situation,” said Dominguez.


Comments

1bmanresident(597 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Cuts need made and we gotta start somewhere! Perhaps restructuring they federal employee's gold plated benefit packages is a good start.

I would say All of Congress should also take a work day a week as well as pay but that would never happen. Plus when is the last time those crooks worked a 5 day work week.

Also, while we are at it, why don;t we cut the pay of the Congress, after all they are all millionaires anyhow.

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2sewingnut(33 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

bmanresident, can you please tell me about the "federal employee's gold plated benefit packages". I pay 45% of the cost of my healthcare package and pay into my own retirement. How is that "gold plated"? Please don't lump all federal employees in with our Legislators. They are totally separate.

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3papa1(624 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

rand paul said this is just a slowing down of the government and he called president obama a liar. why aren't politicians like rand arrested for provable lies like this. why are they allowed to throw out any outrageos comments they want and hope low information voters believe them? this sequestration, which was voted on and agreed to by all repubs including boehner can be devastating to the economy which is on the way back. when this sequestration was agreed to boehner said, " i got 98% of what i wanted, i'm pretty happy." and now he calls it obamastration. if boehner and his co-horts let this happen an estimated 800,000 people could lose their jobs, poor people and kids will be taken off nutrition programs, the airline industry will be slowed down greatly and our national security will be at risk. when will the leaders of the repub party step up and face these lunatics on the far right, the teabaggers, and take back their party? when rand said it will just slow down the government that means just like greece did. it's called austerity and it will ruin america. go to white house.org, or government.org and learn the truth. don't take these unpatriotic liars at their word.

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4papa1(624 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

correction, just google "white house" to get the truth.

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576Ytown(1195 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Let's start with cuts to government waste. Surely 10% can be painlessly cut from the budget without even being noticed.

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Article...

Next, we should look at where the money is going and what common sense things we can do to protect our future.

http://www.heritage.org/research/repo...

People need to remember that we are operating a a mind-boggling trillion dollar deficit each year. A trillion is such a big number that it's hard to wrap your mind around.

There are 1000 MILLIONS in a billion
There are one MILLION MILLIONS in a trillion
There are 1000 BILLIONS in a trillion

We are spending 11 billion dollars per DAY. So they're trying to create panic by saying the sequester will cut $85.4 billion from the budget. So, let me get my calculator and do the math. Let's see . . . $85.4 billion divided by 11 (billion) equals 7.76 days of government spending.

Let’s take a look at fiscal year 2013′s projected numbers:

U.S. tax revenue requested: $2,900,000,000,000
Federal budget: $3,800,000,000,000
New debt (low estimate): $900,000,000,000
National debt: $16,443,000,000,000
Recent budget cuts: $15,000,000,000
Outstanding debt liabilities: $86,800,000,000,000

Now if you picture these numbers like a household budget by removing 8 zeroes, you’d get the numbers below:

Annual family income: $29,000
Family spending: $38,000
New debt in 2013: $9,000
Credit card debt: $164,430
Mortgage (on the future): $868,000
Cutting expenses: $150

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

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6papa1(624 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

toycannon, you seem to forget that boehner agreed to the sequester and said he got 98% of what he wanted. obama said he wants a "balanced approach with cuts in spending and more revenue. do you think it's right that hundreds of major corporations pay little or nothing in taxes? cut loopholes for the rich(this is not raising taxes) and make the corporations pay a fair tax and much of our problems go away. the repub party has no true leader to step forward and put the country on the right track.

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7papa1(624 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

toycannon, by the way, the president is way ahead in all polls in every category you can name. you, my friend, are in the far right extremist minorty.

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8gdog4766(1385 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Papa, save your breath the last thing these posters are interested in is facts and truths. Everybody but these posters knows the facts about this sequester. Just the other day all these rescumlicans were complaining on here that Obama wasn't doing any thing to control rising gas prices. These are,the same people who,demand smaller hands off form of government. Then whine because the president isn't using the government to bring cost down in a open market.

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976Ytown(1195 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

http://blog.heritage.org/2012/02/13/r...

In summary, Obama’s vision for America according to his own budget is:

To add about $3 trillion more in national debt to the roughly $5.5 trillion he added in his first term.
To increase federal spending by half a trillion dollars between 2012 and 2016, from $3.8 trillion to $4.3 trillion.
To ignore the 2012 budget deficit (projected at $1.3 trillion), allow spending to grow substantially in the years immediately following, and then take sterner measures in some distant future—read: He intends to leave the pending fiscal disaster to his successor.
To step up his economy-defeating and self-delusional ideological tax hike war.
To hope Congress ignores his tax policies and the economy somehow continues to strengthen on its own.
Ultimately, to live up to the moniker of tax-and-spend liberal.

There is also some good news in the budget. While spending goes up rapidly over time, there are at least no new efforts to pump up the economy and waste taxpayer dollars with another debt-based stimulus. Has the Obama Administration learned this will never work, or is the deficit now simply too large for them to try it again?

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10prodgodq(147 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

The deficit is the fault of both parties.
The last time this country had a budget surplus was during the latter half of the 1990's, but the economy was booming from the development of the internet. Since then, the economy has been in broad decline. Both the Bush and the Obama administrations used deficit spending to accomplish what they considered to be important goals.
The public got used to "deficit spending" in the form of easy credit. Millions of Americans are carrying a debt load that would have been inconcievable in the 1980's or 1990's. Our entire society is used to living beyond its means. Everything since 2009 has been the result of this mindset. And it's also right in line with history. Our economy seems to crash about every 70 years, the 2009 crash arrived right on schedule. Everybody shares part of the blame for what happened.

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11AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

My first question is: Why are there 400 civilians working on the military base?

When The auto companies were in Washington to get bailout money, the Congress wanted the CEO's not to fly to Washington to save company money. Well what is good for one, should be good for both. I would like to see congress get treated like they treated CEO's of the auto industry.

I would like all Congress and Senate drive to Washington, not fly the expensive way during this sequesteration.

From the article, only civilians will be furloughed. NOT THE MILITARY.

Bush is to Blame. Obama is to blame. Congress is to blame. Senate is to blame. They all have not done what is best for America. They all just fight to protect themselves and thier respective party.

If PRO is the opposite of CON..
Then what is the oppisite of PROGRESS?

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