Furlough Effects Panama City

Some government workers have some extra time on their hands this week. This is the first week of the government furloughs that will last for the next 11-weeks.

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The furloughs are part of the budget sequester and effect a lot of branches of the federal government. Employees have been ordered to take-off 1 day a week without pay.

Florida governor Rick Scott was quick to show disapproval with the department of defense's decision to include the Florida National Guard in the furlough.

"They are not going to be as well prepared if we have a disaster, we have a tropical storm off the coast of Florida, hopefully it does not become a hurricane. But it is very disappointing that the department of defense has made this decision to furlough the national guard a day a week," said Scott.

The guard in panama city will be unaffected, however civilian employees at Naval Support Activity Panama City cannot say the same thing. Sixteen-hundred will loose one day of work per week-- resulting in a 20% pay loss.

"That is a majority of our base. We are more civilian centric that we are military centric," said NSAPC commander Aldin in an interview earlier this year, "Which means that the service that we provide our 18 tenants will possibly be affected also."

Over the next 11 weeks, the base will lose over 140,000 man hours.
That's 88 fewer hours from each employee, and less money in their take home pay.

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