How automatic federal cuts could affect NJ

A White House report shows education and the military would see big reductions in New Jersey if automatic cuts to the federal budget take hold

Education and military operations would see big reductions in funding.

Education and military operations would see big reductions in funding. (2/25/13)

TRENTON - A White House report shows education and the military would see big reductions in New Jersey if automatic cuts to the federal budget take hold this week.

The report says about $11.7 million would be cut from funding for primary and secondary education, along with roughly $17 million for about 210 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities.

According to the report, about 11,000 civilian Department of Defense workers would be furloughed. About $52 million would be cut from Army base operations funding and roughly $7 million from Air Force operations.

The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers are based only on $85 billion in cuts for this fiscal year, from March-September, that are set to take effect Friday

President Barack Obama will be meeting with the nation's governors as they push Congress to avert the cuts. The state leaders are in Washington for the annual meeting of the National Governors Association.

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