Indiana National Guard personnel are bracing for what could be a $7 million pay cut.
Lt. Col. Cathy Van Bree says if Congress doesn‘t reach a deal by Friday, some Guard members would face 20-percent pay cuts through work furloughs.
“Anytime anyone takes a 20-percent reduction in pay it can translate into some significant issues,” Van Bree says. “General Umbarger, our Adjutant General for the Indiana National Guard, is very concerned about how it will impact families.”
Van Bree says furloughs would affect 1,000 Guard members, mainly military technicians, beginning in the third week of April.
That‘s when the official cuts are set to begin should lawmakers not reach a deal by March 1. Van Bree says affected members would lose one day‘s pay per week until an agreement is reached or until the end of the fiscal year.
She says the cuts would be unfortunate, but the Guard would still be able to respond to emergencies.