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Fort McCoy ready to furlough 1,500 civilian employees

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SPARTA, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s largest military base is ready to put 15-hundred civilian employees on furloughs, as part of the impending federal spending cuts.

Fort McCoy near Sparta says it has a plan to cut the employees’ pay by 20-percent, by putting them on unpaid furloughs for one day a week.

It’s part of the $85-million in automatic federal spending cuts due to take effect on Friday, unless Congress acts before then.

President Obama wants more tax increases as part of a last-minute congressional package. But Republicans have said the tax hikes adopted in the fiscal cliff legislation two months ago are enough for now.

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