WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (WDTN) - Employees headed into Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Monday not knowing if this could be their last day of work and if so for how long.
"It's tough watching what's going on in our government right now," says 88th Air Base Wing Commander Col. Cassie Barlow.
Barlow says 8,700 Wright-Patterson workers will be furloughed if the government shuts down, while 3,200 in areas considered essential like intelligence, security, and healthcare will continue working but without a paycheck.
Barlow believes the lost wages will be a big blow for the area so soon after workers had to take six furlough days for sequestration cuts.
"Downtown areas in Fairborn at lunch would be pretty slow I would imagine," Barlow says.
Barlow says the emergency furlough following this summer's planned furlough would be a first.
2 NEWS asked her what kind of price tag comes with that lost time.
"That's a hard thing to quantify," Barlow replied. "We're still catching up from the planned furlough we did a few months ago just because a lot of work piled up during that time."
The cost could be even higher for taxpayers if Congress grants employees back pay for the lost time like it did during the last shutdown in 1995 and 1996.
But if it doesn't..it would leave some workers scrambling to pay bills
"People are pretty frustrated," Barlow says.
If the shutdown happens, the workers furloughed will still report in Tuesday.
They'll be given their furlough notice letters and then sent home, not allowed by law to do any work until an agreement is reached to fund the government.
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