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August 6, 2013

Crane workers to see less furlough days

Aug. 17 to be last furlough day at base


The news was also welcomed by local officials as the impact to local economies will be less. During the furlough period, many defense contractors at the WestGate @ Crane Tech Park also took what was known as "Furlough Friday" off.

"It's certainly positive news," Ron Arnold, director of the Daviess County Economic Development Foundation said. "Al-Qaida doesn't take furlough days. We can't afford to stop."

Jeremy Sowders, director of business development with Radius Indiana, said the development is positive not just for Crane, but for the entire region the base supports. Crane is the third-largest employer in southern Indiana and one of the largest naval installations in the world.

"The furlough caused by government sequestration has placed an undue burden on these hard-working men and women," Sowders said. "A reduction in government-mandated furlough days helps lessen this burden."

Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon also weighed in on the furlough reduction. He too was glad to see the reduction, "but this temporary relief is too little, too late."

"The President and his allies need to get serious about replacing the across-the-board spending cuts in his sequester with common-sense targeted spending reductions," Bucshon said through a spokesperson. "While I am committed to solving our debt crisis, I also understand that it should not be on the backs of those in uniform."

A spokesperson for Sen. Dan Coats echoed the same sentiments as Buchson.

"(The senator) believes Washington should focus on cutting the hundreds of duplicative and inefficient program within our federal government, rather than choose to furlough hardworking Hoosiers at Crane and the uniformed military technicians of the Indiana National Guard in the first place," Tara DiJulio, spokesperson for the senator said.

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