Greensboro, NC -- It could be time to face reality if Congress doesn't reach a deal to avoid the automatic spending cuts.
We wanted to know if the cuts do kick-in if it would have a direct impact on our state in terms of the military, airport travel, and education. Jason Husser, Assistant Political Science Professor at Elon University, stopped by WFMY News 2's Good Morning Show to answer our questions.
According to CBS News the budget cuts would amount to $1.2 trillion from defense and non-defense spending over the span of the next 10 years. However only about $85 billion would be cut from spending for the rest of this year. So what does it mean for the military? It all depends on the department but some have already placed a hiring freeze on job positions.
For instance, the Department of Defense cut back on some training, but it won't impact future missions. They have also cancelled some maintenance for the month of March. They also plan to furlough nearly 800,000 civilian employees. A lot of the changes won't take effect until late April. Federal employers also have to alert employees of a furlough 30 days before it happens.
The spending cuts could mean longer lines for air travelers. CBS News reveals the Federal Aviation Administration has also thought about furloughs and getting rid of the late night shifts.
The White House has also revealed the cuts could cost 17,000 teacher jobs including special education teachers and aides. It could also mean loans to smaller businesses would be reduced.
However according to CBS News assigning and implementing all the reductions would take time. Agencies would also try to delay or lessen the impact of the reductions.
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