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Sequester Could Mean $100 Million Cut To Guard Budget



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
If a federal budget isn't passed by March 27th, the Guard says it will have to cut $100 million in its spending plans. 
 
Colonel Laura Yeager says 2,000 maintenance staff will be furloughed one day a week, which will affect  the Guard's ability to respond as quickly to fires and search and rescue calls, "If they're on their furlough day, they're not available which means we have to call in people on reserve status.  So, there will be a real delay depending on the time the call comes in."
 
Yeager says other guard responsibilities -like aerial mapping of illegal marijuana grows, high school cadet training programs, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment programs will also be cut, "We don't think that we're going to have ammunition available for soldiers to qualify with their weapons. There's about $1.5 million that we think we're going to be losing that funds a program to provide behavioral health services for our service members.  There are military construction projects that are in jeopardy."
 
The cuts amount to more than twelve percent of the Guard's budget. 
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