Posted: Mar 1, 2013 5:58 PM by Andrew Ellison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Mar 1, 2013 6:42 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - While the full effects of congress's inability to work out a budget deal won't be known for weeks, this is what the picture for Texas looks like so far.
Within a year, teacher and schools could lost almost $68 million.
Public health programs could lose almost $2.5 million.
And over $2 million in funding for job search assistance could go out the door.
But perhaps the biggest impact to South Texas are the looming cuts at the Corpus Christi Army Depot. Workers there are now facing the very real possibility of furloughs that could start next month.
The average worker would be furloughed one day a week for 22 weeks, losing roughly 20% of their annual income.
"I'm optimistic that we're going to find a solution where we're not going to have significant furloughs, if any furloughs at all at C.C.A.D," says Congressman Blake Farenthold, "C.C.A.D is working overtime, they have so much work. They can't afford, our country can't afford not to have our military equipment ready to go should another conflict arise".
And while at this point, it seems impossible to stop many of these cuts from happening, Farenthold is confident there's still time to minimize the damage.
"Fortunately, the cuts have not taken effect. Airplanes have not fallen from the sky and policemen are still on the streets," he says.
A glass half full approach to a tough situation.
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