Furloughs impact economy around Georgia base

Furloughs impact economy around Georgia base

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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) - Furloughs starting for most civilian Defense Department employees at Robins Air Force Base will have a big impact on the area economy.

The leader of a support group, retired Gen. Robert McMahon of the 21st Century Partnership, told WMAZ-TV (http://on.wmaz.com/12lHTlM ) that the furloughs beginning this week will take $50 million out of the economy around the Air Force base. McMahon is the former head of the Logistics Center at Robins.

Most civilian employees will take one day off a week without pay for 11 consecutive weeks. Civilians are exempt only if they are needed to protect life or property. The furlough days are the result of federal budget cuts.

Information from: WMAZ-TV, http://www.wmaz.com/

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