Friday, March 1, 2013
Bristol County has only a handful of federal employees, but the impact on nearby Newport could be significant.
Friday, March 1
The numbers here show the federal employees in Rhode Island by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. It compiles the data from the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Employment Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In some communities — like Bristol County, where there are only a handful of federal workers — the impacts may be small. But as these figures show, in other counties — like Newport County, with around 8,000 federal employees — the sequestration could become a more significant pain, particularly if it drags on for weeks or months. While much has been made written on how the current sequestration battle in Washington could …
Monday, February 25, 2013
A report released Sunday by the Obama administration details extreme cuts to education and military spending the state would see if the federal government fails to prevent sequester.
Rhode Island would lose nearly $40 million in federal funds from several programs if Congress fails to act this week to avoid sequester, part of an overall $85 billion federal spending cut, the Obama administration said Sunday. In a move designed to pressure Republicans into accepting new revenues as part of a deal to prevent the sequester from taking effect on Friday, the White House released reports that outlined how those cuts would impact individual states, The Huffington Post reported. In Rhode Island, education and military spending would take the greatest hit, the report reads. The state would lose $2.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 30 teacher and teacher aide jobs at risk. Rhode Island also…