YAKIMA, Wash.--One department getting hit especially hard by the automatic spending cuts is our military. It's an immediate concern for Military Bases in the state.
A spokesperson for Joint Base Lewis-McChord said between the military base in Tacoma and the Yakima Training Center, there are a total of 16,200 civilian employees.
With the looming budget cuts, between 10,000 to 11,000 of those people could experience furloughs. In other words, they'd be asked to take a day off each week without pay.
The spokesperson said they've already notified civilian employees about the possible furloughs, and the big pay cut that would inevitably come along with it.
"Nobody went into this year expecting to have a 20 percent pay cut so nobody budgeted for that," said Joseph Piek, a spokesperson for Joint Base Lewis-McChord Headquarters. "It's a concern for us, for leaders, for the morale of our civilian workforce."
Pied said civilian employees are a crucial part of a Military Bases day to day operations. They run base facilities and provide services for soldiers, airmen and their family members.
If these spending cuts take effect, furloughs would start in mid-April.