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How federal automatic spending cuts will affect North Carolinians

How federal automatic spending cuts will affect North Carolinians

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Fewer firefighters and police officers, flight delays at the airport, and fewer vaccines for your children. It's just a taste of what's to come if Republicans and Democrats don't compromise to avoid sequester cuts that would kick in Friday.

Steve Modlin, an East Carolina University professor who specializes in public budgeting and finance, says public sector employees would suffer the most from these cuts.

"If your job or your program is funded federally, and it's going to be cut, that's a major concern," he says. "Because you could very easily lose your job. It's usually the people that can least afford to lose their jobs, are the ones most likely to lose their jobs. It's not going to be agency heads or budget directors, it's going to be the lower level employees."

The cuts could also affect your family in other ways. A new White House report breaks it down state-by-state.  

Here are the statistics for North Carolina: 


  • $25.4 million in funds for primary and secondary education, putting 350 teaching jobs at risk
  • $16.8 million in funds for 200 teachers and staff that help kids with disabilities
  • Head Start services eliminated for 1,500 children


  • $3.6 million in environmental funding
  • $1.3 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection


  • 22,000 civilian Dept. of Defense employees would be furloughed
  • $136 million for Army base operations state-wide
  • $5 million for Air Force operations state-wide


  • $401,000 in Justice Assistance Grants for crime prevention, corrections, prosecution and courts


  • $243,000 in funds for vaccinations
  • $911,000 in funds to help our state respond to public health threats like infectious diseases and natural disasters
  • $1.5 million in funds that provide meals for seniors
  • $2 million in grants to prevent and treat substance abuse

Republicans call the White House report a scare tactic. And they point out all these cuts are just 3 percent of the total federal budget.

"Instead of using our military men and women as campaign props, if the president was serious, he'd sit down with Harry Reid and begin to address our problems," House Speak John Boehner said Monday in a press conference. "The House has acted twice. We shouldn't have to act a third time before the Senate begins to do their work."

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