SEQUESTER CUTS LOOMING--FEBRUARY 27, 2013 LAWRENCEVILLE Howard Towne, 89, of Lawrenceville takes his lunch to his seat at the Lawrenceville Senior Center Wednesday, February 27, 2013. To illustrate the possible cuts that will result from the federal sequestration the Gwinnett Senior Center is expecting to get less money and as a result, they plan to cut the number of rides and meals they give to seniors. Normally nearly 100 seniors come to the center each day for activities and lunch. KENT D. JOHNSON / firstname.lastname@example.org
Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, left, and House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, R-Auburn, right, talk during day one of the Joint Senate and House Appropriations Committee Hearing in the Georgia State Capitol on Jan. 22.
Georgia could see a $240 million a year, or $20 million a month, hit to its budget when new federal budget cuts take effect today.
Rep. Terry England (R-Auburn), chairs the House Appropriations Committee, says most of those cuts will be to federally funded programs such as Head Start for early childhood education and transportation maintenance and repairs.
“We’ll feel everything a little bit, I don’t know that we feel any one thing incredibly hard,” he tells WSB’s.
England says Gov. Nathan Deal has the latitude to go into the budget and make adjustments as necessary.
But he says the biggest impact on the state’s economy will be felt through cuts to Georgia’s military installations and companies with defense contracts.
“If they’re looking at a 20 percent cut in salary, they’re going to slow down on a lot of their spending,” says England. “They’re going to delay buying a new car... they’re not going to go to as many movies, they’re not going to eat out as much.”
He’s hoping a deal could still be reached in Congress that would be retroactive.