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Pay cuts for defense workers

The vast majority of civilian defense employees face a 20 percent pay cut from April through September if looming federal budget reductions aren't averted, a move that will hit Maryland harder than almost every other state, the Pentagon warns. The Department of Defense notified Congress that affected employees would be furloughed without pay one day a week for 22 weeks. The agency estimated a $359 million hit to the paychecks of those working in Maryland -- trailing only Virginia and California. Department of Defense