New York's Budget Battle
Department of Defense workers in New York could be the state's biggest losers in automatic cuts to the federal budget set to take hold this week.
That's according to a report issued by the White House Sunday as it seeks to avoid the impending economic fallout. The White House says about 12,000 civilians who work for the defense department in New York would be furloughed and funding for the operation of Army bases in the state would be cut by $108 million.
The state's schools and teachers are also at serious risk, as are efforts to protect clean air and water. The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers are based on the $85 billion in cuts that are set to take effect Friday.