“Federal spending cuts [$85 billion in cuts] planned for March 1 could hit Washington state hard, costing 41,700 jobs and removing $3.4 billion from its economy, according to state estimates.”
Unless Congress reverses them, big cuts are in store for the military, schools, law enforcement, health care, food and workplace safety programs, nutritional assistance for the elderly, programs that help the homeless and small businesses and Indian tribes, and many more.
Freshman Democratic Rep. Denny Heck of Olympia said that up to 10,000 civilian employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord could be forced to take 22 furlough days before Oct. 1.
And with his district heavily dependent on federal money, he fears the unemployment rate could rise by 1 to 2 percentage points.
‘This is real this could tip South Puget Sound into a recession,’ Heck said in an interview, adding that Congress ‘self-imposed problems are about to hit us like a ton of bricks,’ quoting Rob Hotakainen in The Olympian.