February 25, 2013
RICHMOND, Virginia (AP)— Virginia's huge military presence would suffer the biggest blows from automatic federal budget cuts, but education, child care such as Head Start, environmental programs and nutrition for elders would all feel the pinch.
The Obama administration's accounting of the impact of the cuts in Virginia projects approximately 90,000 civilian Department of Defense employees being furloughed, representing a payroll reduction of $648 million.
Army base operation funding would be cut by $146 million and the Navy would cancel maintenance on 11 ships in Norfolk and defer projects elsewhere in the state.
Besides military cuts, Virginia would lose nearly $14 million for teachers and aides who help children with disabilities and cut approximately 1,000 children from Head Start and Early Start Services. Nutrition programs for older Virginians also would be cut.
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