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Yelm in crosshairs as Sequestration cuts enacted

Yelm Mayor Ron Harding, the Yelm City Council and City Staff have focused on attracting low-cost home developers to Yelm to entice military families to move here. While this has been of great benefit to our servicemen and servicewomen who want to raise their families in a safe environment away from a military base, Yelm’s military make-up has grown from 8% in 2005 to over 30% today.

The military being this large of a one group of residents in Yelm is having some unintended consequences, particularly as Sequestration effects take-hold amongst our friends, neighbors and local businesses:

– “Sequester cuts hit biz, military families”
Jun 10, 2013
“Some South Sound private sector businesses are adjusting to impacts from the federal governments sequester budget cutbacks, and todays Business Examiner publication highlights a number of them.”
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– ” JBLM decides on 4-day weeks for civilian workers furloughs”
“About 10,000 to stay home on 11 Fridays this summer; commanders warn of negative effects”

June 11, 2013
“Thousands of civilian employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will take unpaid days off on 11 straight Fridays in July, August and September part of a plan intended to concentrate the impacts of Pentagon-mandated furloughs to a single day of the week.

Some details of the four-day work week are still being ironed out, but the proposal would give about 10,000 workers a reliable schedule to plan their furloughs. It also promises to reduce the number of commuters on Interstate 5 on typically traffic-heavy summer Fridays.

A panel of Lewis-McChord Army and Air Force commanders announced the plan Monday and said the furloughs are scheduled to start the week of July 8. They will hit firefighters, mechanics, doctors and many other workers who operate the city-like services at the base south of Tacoma.”
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Bottom line: Less pay, less discretionary spending in Yelm

Posted by Steve on June 11, 2013 at 6:14 am | Permalink

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