Sequester's Cuts in Military Affect S.A.
February 25, 2013
Days before the budget sequester takes effect, military and community leaders around the state are girding themselves for cuts that could cost Texas 91,000 jobs.
From Texarkana, Killeen and Del Rio to San Antonio, Corpus Christi and El Paso, leaders spent the weekend trying to gauge how $46 billion in defense reductions will affect their cities come Friday.
They have few clues, other than Pentagon plans to furlough 800,000 civilians for 22 days between April 25 and Sept. 30, putting them on a four-day workweek. At Army installations alone, 29,958 Texas civilians will be furloughed, prompting fears of an economic slowdown.
“I think it's madness,” Richard Dayoub, president and CEO of El Paso's chamber of commerce, said of the sequester, adding, “I've heard members of Congress say that to me.”