Georgians looking for help staying warm this winter are finding long lines and reduced budgets at assistance programs. Low-income residents can apply for federally-financed home heating through community organizations. Last month's cuts in food stamp benefits led to a record number of applicants for energy assistance.
Robins Air Force Base won't see a dramatic decline in planes coming into the Georgia base for overhauls. In March, base officials announced that as a result of across-the-board federal spending cuts, 28 fewer planes would be coming in for overhaul this fiscal year. However, officials now say only one plane will be delayed to the next fiscal year.
Republican senators from South Carolina and Georgia want the Obama administration to keep funding a program to turn weapons-grade plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel. The MOX plant under construction at the Savannah River Site near Aiken is part of a nonproliferation effort.
The National Parks Service will begin asking Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area visitors to carry their own trash out of the park beginning in April. The move is a response to automatic federal spending cuts.
The Federal Reserve chairman is warning federal sequestration will damage the nation’s fragile economy. Emory University economist Tom Smith helps us sort through the impact on Georgia’s sluggish recovery.
Middle Georgia officials have warned of an immediate $83 million impact around Robins Air Force base if automatic federal spending cuts take effect Friday. Retired Major General David Bockel talks more about the defense-related impacts of the federal sequester in Georgia.
Low-income and homebound seniors can start getting help with their winter heating bills this month. But with federal budget cuts and the fiscal-cliff threat, there’s likely to be less money to go around this year.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said Monday the looming fiscal cliff would devastate military contractors and communities around Georgia military bases that depend on those companies. But he said massive cuts in federal spending would do damage throughout the economy.