Automatic spending cuts could affect Battle Creek base

Updated: Wednesday, February 27 2013, 08:17 PM EST
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There are two days left before automatic, across the board spending cuts kick in.

$85 billion in budget cuts are expected to take effect on Friday, and the White House says it's not likely a deal will be struck in time to avoid the hit.

The main sticking point between the White House and Congressional Republicans is taxes.

Newschannel 3 reported earlier Wednesday how the sequester could affect West Michigan, but there's another piece in play--the Air National Guard base in Battle Creek.

110th Airlift Wing Commander Colonel Ronald Wilson told Newschannel 3 that it would force 60 percent of their full-time force air technicians to be furloughed one day per week.

In other words, 20 percent of their salary would be cut.

Those include maintenance workers to pilots.

The Wing Commander says they also have their eyes on the date of March 27th--that's the deadline for another budget resolution.

"That affects our overall budget that curtails flying hours because it's getting close to the end," Col. Wilson said.

The Colonel added that their flying missions have been curtailed by 80 percent starting Wednesday until the 27th.

Now, their mission on base is to fly C-21s to airlift VIPs in the area.

The base is also still waiting on Washington to see if they'll soon receive a new mission to fly C-130 cargo planes.Automatic spending cuts could affect Battle Creek base
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