Shutdown hits home

The partisan wrangling over federal spending is starting to hit home. Arnold Engineering Development Center Commander Col. Raymond Toth says 56 civilian employees were sent home Tuesday over funding concerns. Another 200 workers at the aerospace testing facility could be furloughed as early as next week if congress can’t agree on a new budget for this fiscal year.  The job cuts at Arnold now focus on Air Force civil service workers. Aerospace testing alliance workers are on the job for now, but a prolonged government closure could impact them also. ATA workers have been told the federal shut down could lead to indefinite furloughs in the coming weeks. Nearly 2,000 are employed at the center.


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