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.
The Savannah, Augusta and Columbus communities are the most impacted in the state by reductions in federal spending, according to a new report by Georgia State University. Dr. Peter Bluestone, Senior Research Associate at GSU’s Fiscal Research Center, said those cities feel more of the cuts from sequestration and the government shutdown because a larger percentage of their economy is based on federal defense spending.
Nearly 2,200 young children will be out of school starting next week because of the federal government shutdown. The non-profit group Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. is based in Gainesville and runs Head Start programs in 20 counties in north Georgia. Head Start is a federally-funded preschool program for low-income children across the country.
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.
U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Georgia, 8th) was one of a minority of Republicans who voted against the Budget Control Act of 2011. As civilian Defense Department employees undergo unpaid furloughs, Scott says Congress must reverse the federal budget cuts known as sequestration.
things are quiet at Ft. Stewart, where several civilian-run facilities are closed. Military civilian employees got hit this week with the first of 11 furlough days they'll have to take through September as part of federal spending cuts called sequestration. Similar cuts are taking place elsewhere in Georgia.
Commanders at Fort Stewart are trying to prepare Army families for a blow to services with more than 2,800 civilian workers expected to begin taking furlough days next month. Brig. Gen. John Hort and other leaders planned a town hall meeting Friday for those who live and work on Fort Stewart.