May 13, 2005

BRAC report is released

8:36 a.m. The 29 page Pentagon base closure/reduction report has just been released moments ago.

Out of the current 6400 jobs, the R.I. Arsenal is to lose 1,263 jobs net with 1,417 civilian jobs lost and 154 military jobs added.

The Rock Island Arsenal is on the Pentagon's list of base realignments, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin's office said this morning.

A Quad-City Development Group official confirms that the Pentagon’s list of base closures and realignments would cost the Rock Island Arsenal 1,263 jobs.

Ron Summers, a spokesman, said that 1,417 civilian jobs would be lost, though 154 military jobs would be gained if Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's recommendations would be enacted. Development group and congressional staffs were analyzing the recommendations this morning, so no further details were available.
The recommendations will now go to the 9 member Base Realignment and Closure commission which will look at the report and make their own recommendations to the White House.


At 5/13/2005 9:19 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

What really happens here will not be clear for some time yet.

The process is so very political that it will change over and over until it's said and done.

The lobbying has just begun....

At 5/13/2005 10:38 AM, Blogger LL Cool T said...

1263 jobs times an average salary of $50,000/yr(just a guess, could be higher)is over 63 million dollars in lost income to the Quad Cities. Income that pays mortgages, buys groceries, etc and if even a mutiplier of 2X is calculated for the secondary economic impact this could be a loss of well over 120 million dollars a year to the local economy. Maybe this is an opportunity to sell part of the Rock Island Arsenal to private industry and development because this is only the beginning and next time it will hurt even more. It's time for a new strategy and fresh leadership to protect and market the Quad Cities greatest and most underutilized resource, this historic island and facility that was and still is a vital cog in protecting and defending our nation and freedom around the world. Anyone want to take back their vote for Bushler yet? How can we lose jobs from the largest defense manufacturing facility during wartime? we should have gained thousands of jobs. Where is the money going? The first BRAC round ended up costing as much money as it saved according to estimates. If you don't think this is political, then you must have been one of those children left behind in school. We need new and strong Democratic leadership in the Quad Cities to protect our interests and grow our economy. Anybody out there?

At 5/13/2005 11:04 AM, Blogger diehard said...

I would take back my vote but I did'nt vote for the Chimporer in the first place!

At 5/13/2005 1:26 PM, Blogger whispers said...

never heard of closing bases and cutting employees when there's a WAR on. bush and his administrion are true idiots. what about korea? does that bother the crap out of anyone else but me? why are we still in iraq? it's a shame they cut jobs at the arsenal but at least they're still OPEN.

At 5/13/2005 5:15 PM, Blogger none said...

the arsenal in 1980 10,000 plus jobs
the arsenal in 1990 8,800 plus jobs
the arsenal in 2000 6,600 plus jobs
the arsenal now losing another 1,263 jobs
one common theme...
democrats in office
you had enough 17th legislative district residents...?
thank heavens lane evans will soon be gone

At 5/13/2005 5:18 PM, Blogger none said...

by the way, another poor speaking performance by young mike jacobs. you truely were an amateur on that stage.

At 5/14/2005 1:12 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

LL is on to something. Arsenal Island is an amazingly valuable and versitile piece of real estate. The only rub is that the federal government owns ever inch of it which would pose it's own set of obstacles.

And even aside from leasing manufacturing facilities to private business, which is the simplests solution, the recreation and tourism potential is huge. It's a prime spot for a resort type of operation. It's already got a really fine golf course, and it's natural setting is unique and incredibly beautiful.

What better draw than an idylic resort set on a beautiful island in the middle of the Mighty Mississippi?

Just a pipe dream, but still.

At 5/14/2005 1:14 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And in answer to LL's question "Were is the money going", we know that an enormous part of it is going to provide tax cuts for millionaires in this country. Bush will not budge from this, despite the loss of trillions of dollars in revenue for the government.

At 5/14/2005 11:59 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Ok everyone - take a breath. It's not over yet until this fall. Lots can change before then.

The simple fact is that Bush wants to try and screw around with anyone who is not a Republican and in line with his right wing fundamentalist hogwash. He is picking out job moves behind the scenes trust me on this. Take a look at the list and compare the party of the representing politicians and you will see - or connect the dots as Bushites have said many times when they want to argue a pointless item.

Yes, it's a shame they even go through the BRAC excercise as it just costs money and doesn't really save any tax dollars why are we even doing this in war time?? Point made earlier which I agree totally.

What's the plan? Shut down our government run facilities so that Bush's friends can make millions manufacturing stuff for the perpetual war??? Someone has to make the guns and bullets. The same guns made at our own Arsenal were made before in England and the quality was so bad that the contract got taken from them and sent here.

Our leadership in the white house (if you can call it that) should be ashamed. Cut taxes, cause a huge debt to the future of our nation, give tax refunds to the weathliest people in the nation - Bush's best friends, start an unneeded war and pump up your chest with the flag draped around you - then continue to play idiotic games with our defense to try and look like you are getting something productive done?

The whole think is a farce and a waste.

By the end of the year, the list will be changed and we may see more or less jobs lost but no closure thank goodness. Key here - is the BRAC did not even follow their own guidelines on efficiency when moving jobs around - the RI arsenal is #1 and they lost out to lesser facilities. Now, how obviously political is that Mr. Bush???

At 5/14/2005 12:17 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Ahh I saw the coverage of the press event at the Mark and could not help but get a little sad when I saw our new mayor of Moline can't pronounce the Governor's name properly - and he has not a clue about protocol for such events.

He continues to shoot himself in the foot as he has from the start.

What if it was Mayor O'Brien instead at the event yesterday? Too bad it wasn't- we are gonna have to wait for some time to make a few changes in our town.

At 5/14/2005 1:06 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

One recommendation in the report seems to go against what Rove/Bush might have prefered. South Dakota tossed out Senate leader Tom Daschle in favor of Republican John Thune, who crowed during his campaign that the area needed someone close to Bush in order to save Ellsworth Air Force base, an enormous military installation, home of the B-1B bombers and the largest employer in the state.
Oooops. Elsworth is recommended to be closed completely. Way to go Dakotans!
As leader, Daschle was allowed to make an appointment to the BRAC commmission, so it's almost certain that if South Dakota would have kept Daschle, they wouldn't have lost the base.

At 5/14/2005 3:37 PM, Blogger gopgopgop said...

It's time for Nussle and Evans, Durbin and Hastert and all the rest to roll up their bipartisan sleeves and fight like hell for those 1,300 Arsenal jobs!

At 5/14/2005 6:29 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Amen on that.

But it seems that the writing is on the wall. We can't continue to rely on the Arsenal being an anchor of our local economy. As pointed out above, the number of jobs has steadily dwindled over time and will likely continue.

While it's a massive loss, it seems that it may be wise to face facts and realize that the Arsenal as we know it is being phased out.
Better to have it gradually shrink away than have it close all at once. And this gives the area an opportunity.

Rather than have the area largely dependent on military spending and the support of war, why not begin now to implement a plan to replace the war machinery with something more progressive and far-sighted?
Why not try to convert parts of the Arsenal to more scientific pursuits? Why not try to secure a research center which studies renewable energy sources or perhaps medical research?

It would be a difficult, but not impossible challenge to work to transform the Arsenal. But I think it would be desirable to replace the shrinking federal dollars given to the Arsenal for it's military role and try to initiate an alternative facility with government support.

It may sound pie-in-the-sky, but why not? Beat those swords into plowshares and replace the military related jobs and budget with technical jobs and money for non-military government projects.

FAA safety research, FDA research, alternative fuels research, the possibilities are endless.

And it severs our ties to the sinking ship of the military Arsenal before it's too late.

At 5/14/2005 8:21 PM, Blogger Milton said...

As long as you have a President that wants to cut jobs then offer funding back to counties that lost the jobs. Job retraining to everyone that lost his or her job. Last month congress blew another 80 billion dollars to Iraqi. No all these base closing Rummie the Dummie says will save 20 billion over 40 years. In six months he and George W. a murdering psychopath, who lied about why we went to war, will be requesting 80 billion more.
---Leland Milton Goldblatt, Ph.D. ®


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