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Wis. National Guard Sends Home 840 Workers

Posted at: 10/01/2013 2:26 PM



MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin National Guard has furloughed 840 non-essential technicians as a result of the federal government shutdown.

Guard spokesman Maj. Paul Rickert says notice of the need to furlough the workers came Tuesday morning. He says 210 employees who work in fire and rescue, protective service and key maintenance jobs were exempted.

Rickert says those 210 workers will be paid retroactively, while those on furlough will not unless Congress allows for that.

Rickert says the Guard did receive authorization to keep military honors personnel on duty to ensure there is no interruption in services performed at military funerals this week.

The Guard got approval to keep the honor personnel after state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos asked about whether the shutdown would put their jobs at risk.

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