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Fewer furloughs for MacDill’s civilian employees

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

There is some good news for thousands of civilian employees at MacDill Air Force Base.

They will be forced to take fewer unpaid furlough days than expected.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced he's reducing the number of furlough days from 11 to six. The furloughs are supposed to help cut nearly $40 billion out of the defense budget due to the sequester.

On Wednesday morning, speaking to FOX 13, Gov. Rick Scott praised the news.

"I'm happy that they followed our lead and stopped these furloughs at least through September," he said.

MacDill could still lose as many as 1,200 jobs over the next several years if the sequester continues.

Hagel had ordered all headquarter commands to cut their budget by 20 percent, starting in October.

"They cut by 20 percent. That's not fair, right during hurricane season," Scott said.

Scott challenged the federal government to balance its budget in a responsible way, so that places like MacDill won't be hit hard by reductions.

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