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Head of Pa. national guard warns cuts could harm training

Written by Rachel McDevitt | May 2, 2017 4:36 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The head of Pennsylvania's National Guard and veterans affairs programs has sent a letter to state House lawmakers...warning them the Republican-backed budget proposal would result in "critical failure."

The House GOP spending plan cuts an additional seven percent from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, on top of cuts negotiated with Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.

Adjutant General Tony Carrelli says if that goes into effect, the department would have to lay off up to 65 people and stop some programs, potentially compromising services for veterans.

Plus, he says a number of Pennsylvania units will be deploying in the next year and have to train this summer.

"Those are some absolute must-dos. We cannot send those guardsmen out unprepared, so we're going to put whatever limited resources we have to make sure that everything that they need to get out the door is correct," he says.

The agency estimates it could only keep running at full capacity until February 2018 under the GOP plan.

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