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Furloughs affect SD National Guard

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Federal National Guard Technicians throughout South Dakota didn't show up for work Friday. That's 540 people to be exact. 

A federal budget cut of $1.1 trillion requires furloughs for some National Guard employees. 

August 2 through September 30, these employees are required to take one day off per week without pay. This means each employee affected by the furlough will lose an average of $4,200 in pay. 

National Guard members say the furlough will affect the readiness of the troops, who are functioning less efficiently by only working four days a week. "This reduction in time that we're able to do our jobs and prepare, it hurts the morale of the work force," said Major Wyatt Hansen. "And that's troubling to me, ultimately the impact on the readiness of our units if this continues."  

Colonel Terry Ommen says the pay cut will also effect business. "They're going to have to reduce their budget, so they won't eat out as much, they're not going to be shopping nearly like they used tom," said Ommen. "So I think you'll see a wide spread impact throughout the state." 

Colonel Ommen says as far as he knows, there has never been an administrative furlough in the South Dakota National Guard.

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