SPANAWAY, Wash. - Potential federal budget cuts could cost Shawn Napier and his girlfriend about $600 a month starting in May.
“That’s half a mortgage,” said Napier.
His girlfriend, who did not want her name published, is one of 16,000 civilians who work on Joint Base Lewis McChord.
A base spokesperson said as many as 11,000 could be impacted by furloughs.
Napier’s girlfriend said she was told if the cuts go into effect she will see a twenty percent pay cut by the end of April.
“She’s looking at getting a second job,” said Napier, “But that will take time away from us, the kids, us doing anything family wise.”
The couple has three children between them.
They’ve dated for three years and talked about getting married, but Napier said that can’t happen until they’re confident his girlfriend has a fulltime job.
Trivonna Irwin does not work on the base but is worried about the cuts.
“If people don’t have a disposable income, they’re not going to do their kitchens,” said Irwin, who owns “Cabinets by Trivonna” in Lacey.
She said the business was struggling late last year, but it’s picked up recently.
“Knock on wood because we’re busy right now,” said Irwin.