A stopgap spending bill by Congress last week has delayed the start of furloughs for nearly one thousand guardsmen, who were expecting a 20% pay cut. The letters of notice will now be sent out next Friday instead. Florida National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. James Evans also says this could help reduce the number of people expecting a furlough.
The cuts come as part of the automatic spending cuts triggered earlier this month. The uncertainty still leaves the National Guard concerned about its strength and resources during hurricane and wildfire seasons.