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Obama signs $85 billion in cuts: What this means for N.C.

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President Barack Obama has signed an order authorizing the government to begin cutting $85 billion from federal accounts, officially enacting across-the-board reductions that he opposed but failed to avert.

Obama acted Friday, the deadline for the president and Congress to avoid the steep, one-year cuts.

Obama has insisted on replacing the cuts, known as a "sequester" in government budget language, with tax increases and cuts spread out over time. Republicans have rejected any plan that included tax revenue.

The government says the reductions will soon result in furlough notices to government employees and will trim government spending on defense contracts and in domestic government programs.

Active military personnel and anti-poverty and low-income assistance programs are largely protected from the cuts.

The White House says the following cuts will take effect in North Carolina, this year:

$25.4 million in funding cuts for primary and secondary education, putting 350 teacher and aid jobs at risk.

$16.8 million cuts in funds for teachers, aids and staff for education for children with special disabilities.

Around 1,150 fewer low income students will receive financial aid for college.

Head Start and Early Start programs will be eliminated for about 1,500 children.

$3.6 million in cuts to environment funding and $1.2 million in grants for fish and wildlife.

Approximately 22,000 civilian Department of Defense employees could be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $117.5 million.

$136 million cut from Army operation funding in NC.

$5 million cut from Air Force operation funding in NC.

Cuts to pending law enforcement grants.

$243,000 in cuts to funding for children's vaccinations.

About $911,000 in cuts to public health threat funds, $1.98 million in drug prevention programs, and $341,000 to the Department of Heath and Human Resources.

North Carolina could lose up to $205,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence.

About $1.54 million cut from funds that provide meals for senior citizens.

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