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Restaurants Near Offutt Worried About Possibility of Furloughs

Restaurants Near Offutt Worried About Possibility of Furloughs

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Paul Gutierrez

BELLEVUE (KPTM) - Restaurants and other businesses near Offutt Air Force Base are worried about what will happen to their bottom line in the event furloughs to civilian workers begin taking place.

At a small sandwich restaurant literally at the base of Offutt called American Heroes, owner Jim Bassett fears some workers won't be able to spend money at his place anymore.

"If you've got $20 to spend you're probably going to spend it on groceries rather than at a restaurant."

The Department of Defense said recently it's now in a position to cut the paychecks of about 2,800 civilian employees at Offutt by about 20 percent.  It's a move that's one step closer to becoming a reality because Congress and President Obama couldn't come up with a sequester deal last Friday.

"I don't know how some people are going to make it," said Julie Sheehan with the Civil Employees Union.  "It's affecting them greatly and they're worried about their income and their bills."

If the furloughs are necessary, a lot of them would likely begin in April.

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