Congressman: Wright-Patt could lose 6,000 jobs

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A congressman warns that federal spending cuts could cost Ohio's largest military base up to 6,000 military and civilian jobs by next year.

Rep. Mike Turner, a Dayton Republican, says thousands more jobs at and around Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton could be gone in the years ahead, with an economic impact of billions for southwest Ohio.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1cUmSu2 ) reports that Turner spoke at a forum Tuesday at Sinclair Community College about the impacts of the federal cuts, triggered this year when Congress was unable to reach a budget compromise to reduce deficits.

Turner says the job loss estimate comes from a House Armed Services Committee extrapolation of jobs and dollars the Air Force has said it would cut in the years ahead if nothing changes.