“The impacts on Florida’s military installations and defense industries will be severe under sequestration. Our immediate concerns include dramatic reductions to our National Guard, which threatens our ability to respond to wildfires this spring and hurricanes this summer.”
Northwest Florida (Panhandle region) – the military directly and indirectly represents about 35 % of the region’s economic activity.
Cancel the 2013 Navy Blue Angel airshows.
Reduce civilian workforce for the Navy and the Air Force by 20% furloughs.
Reduce aviation maintenance, diminishing the Naval Aviation new pilot training programs.
Please see the attached letter from Gov. Rick Scott today sent to President Obama on the threat of sequestration, set to take effect March 1, 2013.
Excerpts of Gov. Scott’s letter to President Obama:
“If your administration fails to do its job to responsibly manage the budget, thousands of Floridians will lose their jobs.”
“Florida is one of America’s most defense centric states.”