Florida’s National Guard sequestration furloughs began this week. The unpaid leave will be tough for National Guard families, but it could have a negative impact on the state as a whole.
Federal budget cuts will keep about a thousand of the Guard’s uniformed full-time servicemembers at home for the next 11 Mondays. Florida National Guard spokesman Ron Tittle said the average workday has been shortened, too.
“Our furloughed members would be off on a Monday – through September – and they have a shortened workday each week as well, so that’s a 20% cut in pay,” Tittle said.