Military posts all over the country began scaling back operations this week under furloughs ordered by the Department of Defense. A total of 11 days must be taken before September 30th due to across-the-board cuts in the federal budget.
At Fort Knox, about 5,900 civilian workers will be impacted. Fort Knox Spokesman Kyle Hodges says work weeks will be shortened to 32 hours.
"In large part, the furloughs will take place on Mondays or Fridays. However, depending on the office, there may be some exceptions."
Some positions, like medical and combat, are exempt.
Fort Knox is the largest employer in the Hardin County region. The local economy could feel the pinch of furloughs as the civilian workforce earns less money between now and the end of the fiscal year.
The Kentucky Judicial Branch is shutting down for one day next week for the first of three furlough days in 2012. All court services will be unavailable and courthouses will be closed on Aug. 6 as the Judicial Branch takes a day off to balance its budget.
For the first time in a generation, Kentucky courts will temporarily close due to budget cuts. Workers in the judicial branch were notified this morning that furloughs will be necessary for three days. All state court employees will be furloughed on August 6, September 4, and October 15 of this year.