More than 1,500 civilian military workers in Iowa could face furlough days

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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — More than 1,500 civilian military employees in Iowa could be furloughed if the federal government fails to reach a deal this week to avert across-the-board spending cuts, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Army Lt. Col. Elizabeth Robbins, a spokeswoman for the Defense Department, said the federal government could save some $7.7 million by furloughing the 1,540 civilian employees in the state. Those furloughs would likely mean the employees would have one unpaid day off a week, which would represent a 20 percent pay cut, Robbins said.

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