1. Westover pumps $225 million into local economy; federal budget cuts cause impact to decrease | masslive.com

    Westover pumps $225 million into local economy; federal budget cuts cause impact to decrease | masslive.com

    The total is a reduction from the $238 million impact the base had during fiscal years 2012 and 2011. In 2009, the impact was $231 million and in 2010 the impact was $266 million but most of that was due to a building boom on base.  Many of the reductions are due to the $85 billion across-the-board federal spending cuts called sequestration that were imposed in March.  “One of the keys is a $3.3 million decrease in civilian pay,” said Lt. Col. James G. Bishop, chief of public affairs for Westover.

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    1. One of the keys is a $3.3 million decrease in civilian pay.
    2. Federal decisions on military deployment will continue to play a huge role in the economy of the Pioneer Valley as Westover represents one of the largest economic engines in the area.
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