Local Economic Impacts

The impacts from sequestrations mandatory, indiscriminant budget cuts are beginning to be felt throughout the nation.  To continue educating elected officials and the public about these impacts an aggregate of stories written on the impacts of sequestration are below. These stories illuminate more than just impacts that will affect the aerospace and defense industry but they also highlight impacts being felt by local law enforcement programs, healthcare, research and development, travel lines at airports, and many other impacts which sequestration is responsible for.

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  • Mandatory cuts kicked in three days before the plows were to start clearing snow and ice from 300 roads at altitudes that reach 11,000 feet. Faced with an order from Washington to slice $1.8 million from his budget, the park superintendent, Dan Wenk, had considered his options. He could slash the ranks of the 430 seasonal rangers, guides and other employees who help keep Yellowstone running every summer. But it would mean fewer visitor centers open, fewer walking tours and a risk to public safety.

    Washington Post – March 10, 2013

  • More than two weeks after broad federal spending cuts took effect, local recruiting professionals are starting to see signs of uneasiness in the labor market, with firms tweaking their hiring strategies and some workers exploring backup employment plans. Peter T. Metzger, vice chairman at the Washington office of global job placement firm CTPartners, said three of his clients have received letters from government agencies saying that sequestration was forcing them to make a 15 percent reduction to a contract. Still, Metzger said, these agencies were expecting the same level of service.

    Washington Post – March 17, 2013

  • The [sequestration] spending cuts mean SBA would be able to make 1,928 fewer small-businesses loans, eliminating the flow of $902 million in capital and support for 22,600 jobs in manufacturing, food services, hospitality and other industries, “which are still struggling to recover.”  Mills projected 12,000 fewer small businesses could get access to counseling from a Women’s Business Center, meaning 100 to 200 fewer women-owned businesses would start compared with fiscal year 2012. She also projected SBA’s Small Business Development Center program would be able to help 2,000 fewer long-term counseling clients, many in smaller states that rely on this federal help.

    Politico – April 15, 2013

  • Research into cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and influenza may lose crucial funding even as scientists say they are on the cusp of medical breakthroughs. Deep federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, could lead to diminished funding for medical and scientific research, making some scientists question whether they should stay in the United States.

    Los Angeles Times – March 23, 2013

  • The victims and survivors of 9/11 are being forced again to sacrifice -- this time by the sequestration budget cuts that are dipping into revenue set aside for ailing first responders and using it for deficit reduction.

    Huffington Post – March 6, 2013

  • Federal budget cuts are hitting home and travelers are being forced to wait hours in long lines at Miami International Airport due to the sequester. The airport has stated that the federal government's sequestration is slowing down travel. 7 News viewers snapped a picture of a sign that read, "Due to federal budget cuts, Customs and Border Protection staffing has been reduced and wait times are longer than usual. Please be patient as CPB officers process passengers as quickly as possible."

    WSVN News – March 18, 2013

  • The Navy plans to cancel Blue Angels shows booked next month in Vidalia and three other cities. And there is a good chance dozens more air shows across the U.S. could get the ax as well, leaving host cities facing threats of lost tourism revenue and dwindling ticket sales. While the Blue Angels' spring schedule is in doubt, the Air Force's formation-flying Thunderbirds and the Army's Golden Knights skydivers have canceled their performances outright.

    Associated Press – March 10, 2013

  • The non-clinical staff of Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Winston-Salem is bracing for a direct impact of the federal sequestration, with their work hours scheduled to be reduced beginning April 1. Brian Payne, president and chief executive of the health-care agency, said in the memo that the main impact from the federal budget cuts has been the 2 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement payments that went into effect March 1. The cut “has a direct impact on all hospices and many other areas of health care and services,” he said.

    Winston-Salem Journal – March 17, 2013

  • Forced budget cuts could have an impact on the federal court system ranging from an inability to properly supervise paroled felons to a shortage of money to pay jurors to hear trials. If the spending cuts known as sequestration last through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, court employees could be furloughed, trials in civil lawsuits may be put on hold as criminal cases take precedent and court-appointed defense attorneys may have trouble getting paid.

    Of The Morning Call – March 17, 2013

  • In one of the most immediate consequences of the pending spending cuts, the Federal Aviation Administration has informed contractors that -- lacking any last-minute agreement -- the agency will move Monday to close some 168 contractor-staffed air traffic control towers nationwide on April 1, and another 21 towers by Sept. 30, industry officials tell CNN. All of the control towers are at small- and medium-size airports, but together they handle about 5.8% of all commercial airline traffic, and considerably more business and private airplane traffic.

    CNN – March 1, 2013

  • Public schools everywhere will be affected by the government’s automatic budget cuts, but few may feel the funding pinch faster than those on and around military bases. School districts with military ties from coast-to-coast are bracing for increased class sizes and delayed building repairs. Others already have axed sports teams and even eliminated teaching positions, but still may have to tap savings just to make it through year’s end.

    Associated Press – March 2, 2013

  • Cancer clinics across the country have begun turning away thousands of Medicare patients, blaming the sequester budget cuts... After an emergency meeting Tuesday, Vacirca’s clinics decided that they would no longer see one-third of their 16,000 Medicare patients.

    The Washington Post – April 3, 2013

  • State and federal officials are still analyzing the impact of layoffs and furloughs at south-central Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation, but outsiders say they are sure to slow cleanup at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site. The Department of Energy announced that 235 people will be laid off, and more than 2,500 will be furloughed for several weeks, as a result of automatic federal budget cuts. About 9,000 people work at the site, which produced plutonium for the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal beginning in World War II and through the Cold War.

    Associated Press – March 18, 2013


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