Federal Cuts Impact Locals

By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email
By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email

By: Elizabeth Nickerson

February 25, 2013

Tallahassee, FL-- Paul Brewer works for the Department of Transportation. Like many Americans, he is already fed up with the cuts that could be passed down by the federal government.

"A person could only take so much abuse as a state worker and we've basically had enough," said Paul Brewer, a State Worker.

As the clock ticks down, a Tallahassee-based state union is standing up against the cuts.

"Taking from the middle class and the seniors and we are just devastated," said Jeanette Wynn, President of the AFSCME Council 79. "We are going to continue to lobby the legislators, they only have three more days to go and we hope that somebody wakes up."

In Florida, Teachers and schools will lose more than $50 million in funding for primary and secondary education.

Public health will lose $1.8 million in funds to help research new infectious diseases. Department of Defense will let go 31,000 employees.

In Georgia, schools will lose $20 million in funding for primary and secondary education. The Department of Defense will give 37,000 employees unpaid leave. Senior meals would be able to serve 4 million fewer meals.

The links below give an in-depth and detailed look at the cuts throughout Florida and Georgia.

Florida:
Http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/sequester-factsheets/Florida.pdf

Georgia: Http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/sequester-factsheets/Georgia.pdf


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