Graham Johnson reports on KIRO-TV 7 News, CBS in Seattle:
“JLBM, Wash. The impact of the federal government shutdown is being felt around Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where as many as 10,000 civilian defense workers are on furlough.
After reporting for work and receiving furlough paperwork Tuesday, several workers from Madigan Army Medical Center joined a union-organized protest outside the gates at JBLM.”
Federal Government paychecks are a major driver of the economy in Yelm, as city officials taut records indicating over a third of all Yelm residents are military dependent. Yelm leaders can do nothing to stop the pain of our area residents and local businesses during this shutdown!
However, this IS the result of a city council’s decade-long-policy of focus to make Yelm a bedroom community, attracting only low-cost home developers that appeal primarily to military families on monthly stipends and in not diversifying to also attract quality, light industry jobs here.