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Ga. braces for federal cuts, but effect unknown

Sequester
Posted at 11:04 AM, Feb 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-27 06:09:43-05

ATLANTA (AP) - Mandatory spending cuts will hit many federal programs beginning Friday unless President Barack Obama and Congress avoid the so-called sequester.

But Georgia officials say the effects here are not immediately clear.

A state-by-state account from the White House says Georgia could, among other items, lose $233 million in Army base support; $190 million in pay for Department of Defense employees; $28.6 million in K-12 education support; and money that pays for immunizations, environmental management and meals for needy seniors.

Two big-ticket federal programs - Social Security and Medicaid - are exempt. So are Pell Grants, school nutrition and federal highway construction. But Medicare isn't.

Some analysts, meanwhile, say the biggest long-term effect could be an economy slowed down by diminished consumer confidence.