Congressman: Ohio base could lose 6,000 jobs
Updated: Wednesday, November 13 2013, 01:39 PM EST
By: The Associated Press
DAYTON, Ohio --
A congressman warns that federal spending cuts could cost Ohio's largest military base up to 6,000 military and civilian jobs by next year.
Rep. Mike Turner, a Dayton Republican, says thousands more jobs at and around Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton could be gone in the years ahead, with an economic impact of billions for southwest Ohio.
The Dayton Daily News reports that Turner spoke at a forum Tuesday at Sinclair Community College about the impacts of the federal cuts, triggered this year when Congress was unable to reach a budget compromise to reduce deficits.
Turner says the job loss estimate comes from a House Armed Services Committee extrapolation of jobs and dollars the Air Force has said it would cut in the years ahead if nothing changes.