Federal budget cuts are about to sting some North Dakotans.
More than six-hundred North Dakota National Guard employees face a twenty-percent pay cut for three months.
The employees are mostly military technicians including maintenance workers.
The employees will have to cut eleven days from their schedules beginning July 8th through mid-September.
That's two days per pay period.
The furlough is mandated by the Department of Defense.
The number one concern is for the welfare of soldiers, airmen and their families.
I don't think anybody can stand a twenty percent pay cut. Granted our North Dakota economy is great but from a family perspective twenty percent is a lot of money. So that is priority number one. Priority number two, not far behind is readiness. And obviously were concerned that our readiness is going to degrade," says Col. Dave Thiele/Director of Personnel ND National Guard.
Thiele says the national guard has enough in its budget to cover the furlough. He says there is a possibility the DOD will allow the guard to cover its own expenses. But right now cuts are mandated for the military nationwide across the board.
The furlough would affect around 220 people in the Bismarck-Mandan area.