Monday, July 10, 2006

Army Battles Budget Crunch

Diverting money to the Iraq War has left the Army strapped for cash at home. The New York Times reports these instances:
  • Fort Sam Houston, Texas has not paid its $1.4 million monthly utility bill since March -- workers in many of the post's administrative buildings have received automated disconnection notices
  • Fort Bragg, North Carolina says it will not buy any office supplies until the new fiscal year starts in October
  • Fort Knox, Kentucky closed one of its eight dining halls for a month and laid off 133 contract workers
All told, the Army's $530-million short on cash to pay it's bills. (NYT)

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