Gov. Bryant says White House can’t pay its bills as National Guard braces for 1,400 furloughs

May 30, 2013

Business

Furlough notices are going out this week to more than 1,400 Mississippi National Guardsmen as well as hundreds of Navy, Air Force and civilian personnel at the Seabee base in Gulfport, Ingalls Shipyard, and Keesler Air Force Base.

A Keesler spokesman told ABC affiliate WLOX that its furloughs begin July 8 and will end October 1.

The National Guard furloughed days also begin on July 8.

More than 600 employees at the Seabee base will be furloughed for a total of 11 days resulting in a 20 percent cut in pay.

Hundreds of Navy civilian employees at Ingalls shipyard received similar notices on Tuesday.

The U.S. Coast Guard does not have any furloughs at this time, and there have not been any notices of pending furloughs.

Gov. Phil Bryant issued the following statement:

“These furloughs are disappointing to the men and women who are working to protect the very freedoms we hold dear. The worst part is that while the Obama administration is making cuts to our nation’s military and defense industry, there are those who believe we should continue to trust this administration’s promises when it comes to expanding the largest entitlement program in our nation’s history.

“This announcement comes as the Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced the closing of seven full-time and six part-time WIN Job Centers. As we can see, this administration can’t event pay the bills it has now—why should we expect them to honor their Medicaid promises and expand the program?”

Source: WLOX, Office of Gov. Phil Bryant

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Stephen McDill joined the Mississippi Business Journal in 2008 after working in radio and television. He is a graduate of Belhaven University and has won awards for his writing and photojournalism from the Associated Press and Mississippi Press Association.

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