(WRAL) The drumbeat of companies seeking to protect their Pentagon revenues continued to build Wednesday at a North Carolina event opposing more than $1 trillion in budget cuts to both domestic and defense programs.
Aerospace and defense industry executives met in Cary to draw attention to the cuts looming at the end of the year unless Congress acts. Gov. Beverly Perdue told them that the so-called sequestration cuts also are poised to harm schools and other domestic priorities.
The state Department of Public Instruction could see an $83 million cut, while the Department of Health and Human Services could lose $35 million.
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee estimates Head start in North Carolina would lose more than $13.4 million, meaning it could serve 2,100 fewer children. Nearly $6 million less for child care subsidies would mean 4,000 fewer slots.
Also, $378,000 in cuts to child immunization funding could leave 5,500 youngsters without vaccines. Low-income schools would get $34 million dollars less, affecting 51,000 students, and special education would lose $26.5 million, affecting 13,000 students.
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