Georgia braces for federal cuts; White House predicts dire consequences

Published On: Feb 27 2013 12:34:11 PM EST
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Mandatory spending cuts will hit many federal programs beginning Friday unless President Barack Obama and Congress avoid the so-called sequester.

While Georgia officials say the effects here are not immediately clear, the White House predicts significant impact.

A state-by-state account released by the Obama administration says Georgia could, among other items, lose $233 million in Army base support; $190 million in pay for Department of Defense employees; $28.6 million in K-12 education support; and money that pays for immunizations, environmental management and meals for needy seniors.

Two big-ticket federal programs -- Social Security and Medicaid -- are exempt. So are Pell Grants, school nutrition and federal highway construction. But Medicare isn't.

Some analysts, meanwhile, say the biggest long-term effect could be an economy slowed down by diminished consumer confidence.

White House list of sequestration effects on Georgia: