sequester http://kplu.org en Despite Public Pessimism, Murray Remains Optimistic about Budget http://kplu.org/post/despite-public-pessimism-murray-remains-optimistic-about-budget <p></p><p>Washington Sen. Patty Murray is the top Democrat on a conference committee charged with hashing out a budget by mid-December, and she’s well aware many pundits and citizens have low expectations.</p><p>“I don’t blame anybody for being pessimistic about this,” Murray said at an appearance in Seattle. “Our country’s been through a lot.”</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:49:12 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10620 at http://kplu.org Despite Public Pessimism, Murray Remains Optimistic about Budget Forest Maintenance Projects Cut Back Due to Budget Clawback http://kplu.org/post/forest-maintenance-projects-cut-back-due-budget-clawback <p>Remember the sequester? The dust is finally settling and the consequences becoming real for a program in the U.S. Forest Service that sends money to timber counties.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:59:27 +0000 Tom Banse 9773 at http://kplu.org Forest Maintenance Projects Cut Back Due to Budget Clawback Feds testing drones for scientific and environmental missions http://kplu.org/post/feds-testing-drones-scientific-and-environmental-missions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’re the tools of modern-day warfare: unmanned aircraft systems better known as drones.</span></p><p>They’re also being tested to help carry out important scientific missions, including surveys of wildlife and marine debris in the <a href="http://olympiccoast.noaa.gov/" target="_blank">National Marine Sanctuary</a> off the coast of the Olympic Peninsula. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9273 at http://kplu.org Feds testing drones for scientific and environmental missions Sequester Has Air Force Clipping Its Wings http://kplu.org/post/sequester-has-air-force-clipping-its-wings The Pentagon says the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration could leave the U.S. with a military that is simply unprepared for the most challenging combat missions. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel <a href="http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AS/AS00/20130411/100626/HMTG-113-AS00-Wstate-HagelC-20130411.pdf">told Congress in April</a> that the military is eating its seed corn.<p>"The cuts will fall heavily on maintenance and training, which further erodes the readiness of the force and will be costly to regain in the future," he said. Sat, 11 May 2013 16:57:48 +0000 Larry Abramson 8745 at http://kplu.org Sequester Has Air Force Clipping Its Wings Canceled open house latest effect of sequester on parks, science http://kplu.org/post/canceled-open-house-latest-effect-sequester-parks-science <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A much-loved open house at the</span><a href="http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/cvo/" style="line-height: 1.5;"> Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">did not take place over the weekend. The center is run by the U.S. Geological Survey, which had to cancel the program due to the federal budget sequestration.</span></p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 22:53:47 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8679 at http://kplu.org Canceled open house latest effect of sequester on parks, science FAA: Air traffic system soon at full operation http://kplu.org/post/faa-air-traffic-system-soon-full-operation <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The Federal Aviation Administration says it's suspended all employee furloughs and says air traffic facilities will begin returning to regular staffing levels over the next 24 hours.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The&nbsp;<font color="red">FAA</font>&nbsp;says in a statement that the air traffic system will resume normal operations by Sunday evening.</p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 19:57:50 +0000 The Associated Press 8595 at http://kplu.org FAA: Air traffic system soon at full operation Senate passes bill to end flight controller furloughs http://kplu.org/post/senate-passes-bill-end-flight-controller-furloughs <p><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">With flight delays mounting, the Senate has passed legislation to end air traffic controller furloughs blamed for inconveniencing large numbers of travelers.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Approval came without dissent, and long after many senators had left the Capitol for a weeklong vacation.</p><p>A House vote is expected as early as Friday.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 00:52:16 +0000 The Associated Press 8569 at http://kplu.org Senate passes bill to end flight controller furloughs FAA furloughs snarl air travel on the West Coast http://kplu.org/post/faa-furloughs-snarl-air-travel-west-coast <p>Air travelers, especially those on the West Coast, are facing major delays this week due to sequester-mandated employee furloughs.</p><p>As much as 10 percent of the 47,000 flight controllers and other Federal Aviation Administration workers were placed on leave Sunday, grounding a number of planes and delaying flights to and from Los Angeles, including at least six Alaska Airlines flights.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:16:08 +0000 NPR News 8497 at http://kplu.org FAA furloughs snarl air travel on the West Coast Sequester uncertainty surrounds Section 8 housing program http://kplu.org/post/sequester-uncertainty-surrounds-section-8-housing-program Last week, several media outlets and advocacy groups began circulating the same sad story: Because of sequestration, 60 low-income families in Dane County, Wis., were soon to be homeless.<p>But the truth is more complicated.<p>The story began with a <a href="http://housingdane.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/how-the-sequester-will-affect-dane-countys-most-vulnerable/" target="_blank">blog post</a> written in February by Dane County Housing Authority Executive Director Rob Dicke.<p>At the time, he made what he calls a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation that a 6 percent funding cut — the amount he Mon, 08 Apr 2013 22:34:48 +0000 Kara Brandeisky 8352 at http://kplu.org Sequester uncertainty surrounds Section 8 housing program Sequester scorecard: A month later, effects still up in air http://kplu.org/post/sequester-scorecard-month-later-effects-still-air Automatic federal budget cuts that kicked in March 1 have had little initial impact in many parts of the government. For a few programs, however, the effect has been real and painful, as the government begins cutting $85 billion from its spending through the end of September.<p>Many of the earliest signs of the cuts are being seen on the local level, in state programs like education that rely in part on federal dollars.<p>By law, furloughs for most federal employees could not begin before April, so it's still early in the process. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 07:25:58 +0000 8312 at http://kplu.org Sequester scorecard: A month later, effects still up in air Hanford cleaup slows while tanks leak, tratment plant stalls http://kplu.org/post/hanford-cleaup-slows-while-tanks-leak-tratment-plant-stalls <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Every day, up to three gallons of radioactive waste at </span>Hanford<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> seeps into the desert sand from underground tanks, not far from the Columbia River.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">That has prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to tour the remote site along with buses full of officials and media that roll through a sea of sagebrush.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:21:10 +0000 Anna King 8144 at http://kplu.org Hanford cleaup slows while tanks leak, tratment plant stalls FAA to close 5 towers in Wash. http://kplu.org/post/faa-close-5-towers-wash <p><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">The Federal Aviation Administration has decided that five air traffic control towers in Washington are among 149 that will close beginning April 7 as part of the agency's sequestration implementation plan.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The five towers are at Olympia Regional Airport; Renton Municipal Airport; Felts Field in Spokane; Tacoma Narrows Airport and the Yakima Air Terminal.</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:01:48 +0000 The Associated Press 8125 at http://kplu.org Hundreds of pink slips handed out at Hanford http://kplu.org/post/hundreds-pink-slips-handed-out-hanford <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Pink slips are going out to hundreds of workers at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site because of automatic federal budget cuts.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">About 9,000 people work at south-central Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which produced plutonium for the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal beginning in World War II.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:25:09 +0000 The Associated Press 8043 at http://kplu.org Hundreds of pink slips handed out at Hanford Sequester suspends tuition assistance for troops http://kplu.org/post/sequester-suspends-tuition-assistance-troops <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/031413TB_Tuition_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - The Defense Department has suspended a workplace benefit cherished by many soldiers, airmen and Coast Guardsmen. The agency has put tuition assistance on indefinite hold because of the automatic federal budget cuts known as the "sequester."<p>The paychecks of active duty military are exempt from the across-the-board federal budget cuts. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Tom Banse 8014 at http://kplu.org Sequester suspends tuition assistance for troops Sequester To Result In 4,800 Hanford Layoffs, Furloughs http://kplu.org/post/sequester-result-4800-hanford-layoffs-furloughs <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/030513AK_Hanfordsequester_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>RICHLAND, Wash. – As many as 4,800 workers could be furloughed or laid off at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. It’s the result of the federal spending cuts known as the sequester. Hanford will need to cut $182 million in cleanup work according to a federal letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee released Tuesday.<p>The Hanford cuts could begin as early as April 1, but it’s no April Fool’s joke. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 17:17:04 +0000 7906 at http://kplu.org Sequester To Result In 4,800 Hanford Layoffs, Furloughs