Ret. General: Sequestration could impact RAFB by $85 million
The 21st Century Partnership says now is the time to prepare for the potential effects of sequestration, better known as the budget cuts that will come from the so-called Fiscal Cliff.
At a forum Monday in Warner Robins, community leaders discussed the potential consequences locally if half-a-trillion dollars in additional defense cuts become reality.
Leaders say if the area isn't ready for the cut-backs, it will make the situation for the region much worse. Retired General Ron Smith says to pay for sequestration, federal employees would possibly be furloughed.
"That could have about an 84 to 85 million dollar impact over the next few months at Robins. And so for businesses and so forth, there's an impact. People who are going to be furloughed, if they're going to be furloughed some 22 days between now and the end of the year, their income is going to go down," said Smith.
If Congress and the president don't act by March first, the sequester will kick in, triggering the cuts in spending.