Tobyhanna Army Depot in northeastern Pennsylvania plans to hire more than 200 people next year, Deputy Commander Frank Zardecki said this week. The depot currently employs 3,388 personnel, reported the Pocono Record. A new economic impact study sponsored by the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission found that Tobyhanna Army Depot generates an annual economic impact of about $2 billion; all together the state’s 12 major installations generate about 55,000 jobs, $4 billion in labor income and $11 billion in total economic output, according to the study. “Tobyhanna is crucial in Pennsylvania, but particularly here in northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, the commission’s chairman. “It’s the leading job creator and we have to do everything we can to protect that,” he said. … In the wake of news reports that the Trump administration is planning to suspend enforcement of key components of the 2006 Military Lending Act, the Senate’s 47 Democrats and two Independents on Wednesday urged OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to continue to protect service members and their families from financial fraud, predatory loans and credit gouging. The New York Times reported the administration is planning to halt routine examinations of lenders for violations of the law. “For our service members, especially those who are deployed overseas facing hostile fire, it is unreasonable to place the burden of detecting and reporting MLA abuses on service members, especially when they should be given every opportunity to focus squarely on their missions,” the Democratic conference stated in a letter, according to a news release from the office of Jack Reed (R.I.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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