(NEWSER) – Shrugging off sequestration as a minor 2.4% federal budget cut that plays itself out gradually? A few riders on the 595 bus to Reston, Va., feel differently, knowing Northern Virginia and the Washington metro area will suffer most from the $85 billion in cuts, the New York Times reports.
The Defense Department has been told to furlough 90,000 civilian workers in the state, trimming their annual salaries by 20%. "No more movies, no more out-to-dinners, no more fun," says a Defense employee waiting for the bus. "It’s just pay the mortgage, pay the utilities, no more frills."