Delays in furloughs don't bring optimism

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM.

Braaten said he would be meeting with Cherry Point air traffic controllers to make sure everything is on track to continue safe take-offs and landings at Coastal Carolina Regional.

Jacksonville and Greenville airports, in fact most of the roughly 5,000 U.S. public airports, do not have towers, and the New Bern airport has operated safely at times in the past without one.

Health benefits for military dependents and retirees also fall into the sequestration cuts, which would result “in delays in payments to service providers and, potentially, some denial of service,” according to Robert Hale, U.S. Department of Defense comptroller.

He said the Defense Health Program cuts “would leave us without enough money to pay TRICARE bills in the last month unless we could find a way to offset that, and it will be difficult. We’re going to be faced with delaying payments to providers, which could result in denials of service.”

In a letter to U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., 3rd Dist., ACT President Jimmy Sanders, Havelock mayor, said, “Although this has not received much publicity, these potential cuts have a chilling effect on morale, welfare, and our local economy.”

Meanwhile, the delay in the furlough announcement isn’t giving the 3,400 workers at the Fleet Readiness Center East repair and maintenance facility reason for hope.

“I’ve talked to the senior managers at Fleet Readiness Center East and they seem resigned to the furlough coming and are preparing very realistically,” Norment said.

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