JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott received on Friday a letter from the Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter detailing how $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will impact Florida.
Scott was at The Jacksonville Landing on Friday night to talk about the letter and the cuts, known as sequestration.
"It's infuriating," Scott said of the cuts. "This is families' lives, this is our military. We would never do this in Florida like this."
Later on Friday night, President Barack Obama signed an order to begin the $85 billion in spending cuts.
With Friday's forthcoming cuts, and possible cuts later this month, the DOD could face a total budget reduction of $46 billion. According to Carter's letter, here is the impact the cuts could have on the First Coast and statewide:
- $135 million in funding cuts for Naval aircraft depot maintenance in Jacksonville
- $7 million in cuts to Army base operations across the state, which would affect Camp Blanding
- Estimated $185 million payroll deduction due to 31,000 Florida-based DOD employees having to take 22 furlough days.
Carter said the cuts will also impact military contractors in Florida, but the DOD is working to keep national security strong.
"While these reductions are unfortunate and will be damaging, the Department is doing everything in our power to minimize adverse effects on our national security mission," Carter wrote. "In addition, we are prepared to work closely with you to manage these reductions to the extent that we can."
First Coast News