Businesses nervously await furloughs at Ohio base

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Business owners and officials of cities surrounding Ohio's largest military installation say they are increasingly uneasy about possible furloughs brought on by sequestration.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton could furlough up to 13,000 civilian employees for 22 days beginning in April if Congress and President Barack Obama fail to avert sequestration, or automatic defense and domestic spending reductions set to begin March 1.

The Pentagon said Wednesday that those civilian employees could be notified by mid-March.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/XNlT0R ) reports increasing nervousness among business owners and city officials in the neighboring cities of Fairborn and Riverside. They say it would have a huge impact.

The base is the state's largest single-site employer.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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