Sequestration http://kut.org en Texas National Guard Furloughs Go Into Effect Today http://kut.org/post/texas-national-guard-furloughs-go-effect-today <p><strong>Update:</strong> Furloughs start today for full-time employees of the Texas Army and Air National Guard.</p><p>The employees will have to take 11 non-consecutive unpaid days off between now and Sept. 30 as part of federal budget cuts known as sequestration.</p><p>The National Guard has announced that, along with the furloughs, <a href="http://www.nationalguard.mil/news/archives/2013/05/052413-furloughs.aspx" target="_blank">most military commissaries will be closed on Mondays</a> through the end of September. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:06:46 +0000 Laura Rice 7946 at http://kut.org Texas National Guard Furloughs Go Into Effect Today Weather Service Bracing for Furloughs http://kut.org/post/weather-service-bracing-furloughs <p>Federal agencies are still dealing with the effects of across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration.</p><p>The National Weather Service was already under a hiring freeze and now <a href="http://nwseo.org/media_center.php">faces furloughs</a> -- mandatory unpaid days off.</p><p>Weather Service meteorologists are concerned about the effect that could have on their ability to keep the public informed.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 23:52:22 +0000 Trey Shaar 7787 at http://kut.org Weather Service Bracing for Furloughs Fort Hood Civilian Workers to Feel Effects of Sequester http://kut.org/post/fort-hood-civilian-workers-feel-effects-sequester <p>Across-the-board federal budget cuts <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/22/us/politics/questions-and-answers-about-the-sequester.html">known as sequestration</a> are about to have more effects in Central Texas.</p><p>Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel <a href="http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=16002">announced Tuesday</a> that his department has cut all it can on the military side and that any more would affect readiness, so&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hagel says the time has come for civilian defense department workers to take unpaid days off: mandatory furloughs.</span></p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 22:50:28 +0000 Trey Shaar 7734 at http://kut.org Fort Hood Civilian Workers to Feel Effects of Sequester How Sequestration Threatens Austin's Most Vulnerable Seniors http://kut.org/post/how-sequestration-threatens-austins-most-vulnerable-seniors <p></p><p>Little by little, the effects of sequestration are becoming more tangible in the everyday lives of some Americans. And though the federal government has reinstated some agencies’ funds, cuts are coming to the programs destined to feed some of the country’s most vulnerable adults.</p><p>But there’s at least one Austin non-profit that’s looking for ways to keep feeding adults in need.</p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:06:47 +0000 Joy Diaz 7535 at http://kut.org How Sequestration Threatens Austin's Most Vulnerable Seniors Cornyn: Flight Delays Are Politics http://kut.org/post/cornyn-flight-delays-are-politics <p>Travelers are facing more flight delays around the country and here in Austin because of budget cuts forcing air traffic controllers to take time off.</p><p>Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has accused the <a href="http://www.faa.gov/">Federal Aviation Administration</a> of “deliberately engineering flight delays and inconveniencing passengers and creating hardship just in order to try to make a political point.”</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:49:34 +0000 Trey Shaar 7490 at http://kut.org Cornyn: Flight Delays Are Politics Air Traffic Controller Furloughs Leading to Flight Delays http://kut.org/post/air-traffic-controller-furloughs-leading-flight-delays <p>Remember the Sequester?&nbsp;The across-the-board federal budget cuts?&nbsp;Get ready to start feeling the effects the next time you fly.&nbsp;Delays at the Austin airport could become noticeable as soon as Tuesday.</p><p>For air traffic controllers employed by the <a href="http://www.faa.gov">Federal Aviation Administratio</a><a href="http://www.faa.gov">n</a>, mandatory furloughs are in effect: a forced day off for every pay period.&nbsp;That means fewer controllers working airport control towers.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:23:11 +0000 Trey Shaar 7454 at http://kut.org Air Traffic Controller Furloughs Leading to Flight Delays FAA Delays Air Traffic Control Towers Funding Cut http://kut.org/post/faa-delays-air-traffic-control-towers-funding-cut <p>The federal government is delaying the closure of 149 airport control towers to deal with a lawsuit filed by companies that operate the towers under contract.</p><p>The first closures had been scheduled for Sunday.</p><p>In Texas, towers at smaller airports, including those in San Marcos and Georgetown, got <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-room/news/statewide/017-2013.html">emergency funding</a> this week from the Texas Transportation Commission to stay open for 90 days.</p><p> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:10:46 +0000 Trey Shaar 7254 at http://kut.org FAA Delays Air Traffic Control Towers Funding Cut Georgetown Wants Options for Keeping Airport Tower Open http://kut.org/post/georgetown-wants-options-keeping-airport-tower-open <p>The Georgetown City Council voted unanimously last night to<a href="http://agendas.georgetown.org/Bluesheet.aspx?ItemID=4400&amp;MeetingID=321" target="_blank"> direct airport staff </a>to come up with possible options for keeping the airport tower open. It’s scheduled to close on or after April 7 as <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/faa-announces-tower-closures-coming-april" target="_blank">part of the federal budget cuts</a> known as sequestration.</p><p>Some are concerned safety will be put at risk without tower operators. There are also concerns that revenues will go down and<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/texas-business-signals-concern-over-air-traffic-tower-closures" target="_blank"> businesses will be hurt</a> because fewer people will use the airport. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:20:00 +0000 Laura Rice 7103 at http://kut.org Georgetown Wants Options for Keeping Airport Tower Open Texas Business Signals Concern Over Air Traffic Tower Closures http://kut.org/post/texas-business-signals-concern-over-air-traffic-tower-closures <p>With Georgetown and San Marcos losing their air traffic control towers due to <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/faa-announces-tower-closures-coming-april">sequestration-related budget cuts,</a> one private aviation business owner is concerned the impact could be harmful to Austin and Central Texas.</p><p>Last week, the FAA announced 149 air traffic control towers across the country would be closed down. This does not mean entire airport closures. But Jay Carpenter, secretary of the <a href="http://www.txaa.org/">Texas Aviation Association</a>, told KUT&nbsp;News last week that the closures just make the airports less safe.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:56:28 +0000 Bobby Blanchard & KUT Staff 7072 at http://kut.org Texas Business Signals Concern Over Air Traffic Tower Closures FAA Announces Tower Closures Coming In April http://kut.org/post/faa-announces-tower-closures-coming-april The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday that <a href="http://www.faa.gov/news/media/fct_closed.pdf">it will close 149 air traffic control towers</a> from April 7 due to budget constraints. The number announced is 40 fewer than the FAA originally planned to close. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 20:40:04 +0000 7060 at http://kut.org FAA Announces Tower Closures Coming In April New Border Trend: Undocumented Immigrants Want to Get Caught http://kut.org/post/new-border-trend-undocumented-immigrants-want-get-caught <p>In Texas, Border Patrol Agents are among those affected by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/07/politics/customs-furloughs">Washington’s across-the-board budget cuts&nbsp;</a>known as the “sequester”. The men and women guarding the more than 12 hundred miles of Texas’ border say that brings good news and bad news at a time when illegal border crossings from Mexico are slightly up.</p><p>Sequester-related furloughs for border patrol agents start next month. Meaning, there will be fewer agents at the border at any given time and agents will not get paid for the fourteen days they are furloughed.</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:46:51 +0000 Joy Diaz 6921 at http://kut.org New Border Trend: Undocumented Immigrants Want to Get Caught Texas Congressmen Want Military to Control Cuts http://kut.org/post/texas-congressmen-want-military-control-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Across-the-board cuts to federal spending are in effect as of Friday night as part of the so-called sequester, and two U.S. Congressmen from Central Texas say they are trying to limit the impact on military installations.</span></p><p>Representatives&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/roger-williams/">Roger Williams</a>&nbsp;(R-Austin) and <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/john-carter/">John Carter</a>&nbsp;(R-Round Rock) say they want the House of Representatives to pass a special appropriations budget to allow military leaders to control where the cuts happen.</p><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 23:54:30 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6802 at http://kut.org Texas Congressmen Want Military to Control Cuts Sequester Cuts at ABIA Will Be Minimal http://kut.org/post/sequester-cuts-abia-will-be-minimal <p>The automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester are scheduled to go into effect tomorrow.</p><p>It would mean a change at <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/airport">Austin-Bergstrom International Airport</a>, but one that most of us may not notice.</p><p>ABIA could lose a federally employed air traffic controller at a time of night when there are generally no commercial flights, <a href="http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=71078">according to a list</a> the FAA released last week.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:12:03 +0000 Trey Shaar 6785 at http://kut.org Sequester Cuts at ABIA Will Be Minimal Killeen, Fort Hood Brace for Cutbacks http://kut.org/post/killeen-fort-hood-brace-cutbacks <p>The automatic federal spending cuts set to take effect tomorrow could have a big impact on Texas. Specifically, cuts to army bases could cost the state’s economy nearly $2.5 billion.</p><p>For many people in Killeen, next to <a href="http://kutnews.org/term/fort-hood">Fort Hood</a>, the spending cuts are just abstract numbers. For Cheryl Eliano, president of the Fort Hood branch of the <a href="http://www.afgelocal1920.org/">American Federation of Government Employees</a>, they’re all too real.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:12:38 +0000 Luke Quinton 6777 at http://kut.org Killeen, Fort Hood Brace for Cutbacks Texas Education Could Get Hit Hard by Federal Sequestration http://kut.org/post/texas-education-could-get-hit-hard-federal-sequestration <p>Texas classrooms could be hit hard by federal sequestration cuts&nbsp;–&nbsp;automatic, across-the-board cuts to federal programs that will go into effect on March 1 if Congress doesn’t pass a deficit reduction bill.</p><p>In Texas, the largest cuts would happen to public education, with $517 million dollars automatically cut according to the <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CDIQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tea.state.tx.us%2FWorkArea%2Flinkit.aspx%3FLinkIdentifier%3Did%26ItemID%3D2147507365%26libID%3D2147507356&amp;ei=YNoeUcnADYKlqgHK04DgBA&amp;usg=AFQjCNFuzdRfstEqbOWoOtCYeEBUIxHnuw&amp;sig2=Pyh3fzdJ9mUT7j7Vd2nndQ&amp;bvm=bv.42553238,d.aWM">Texas Education Agency</a>. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:53:40 +0000 Ryland Barton 6628 at http://kut.org Texas Education Could Get Hit Hard by Federal Sequestration