(Undated) - Federal government sequestration could have a sizable impact in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.
As lawmakers return from a one-week recess, there are four days left before automatic spending cuts take effect. Without congressional action to stop it, a so-called sequester will slash $85 billion from the federal budget this year. More than half the cuts will be absorbed by the Pentagon.
The cuts would total only about two percent of federal spending, but according to an Obama administration report released Sunday the cuts could have larger meaning in each state.
The report says Indiana would see 11,000 civilians employed by the U.S. Department of Defense furloughed. More than 300 teachers could see their jobs defunded as approximately $13.8 million in funding for primary and secondary education and $12.5 million for special education would be lost.
Up to 600 disadvantaged Hoosier children could lose access to child care.
Indiana will lose about $3.3 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. Another $739,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection could vanish.
Also at risk is $820,000 for meals for Indiana seniors, $683,000 for jobs searching and placement programs, $262,000 in Justice Assistance Grants, and millions more in other programs.
Kentucky could see 15,000 military jobs impacted. That includes those at Fort Campbell and Fort Knox. The state is also home to defense manufacturers. Kentucky air travel would also be affected, with Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport and Louisville's Bowman Field on the list of air traffic control facilities to be shut down.
In Ohio, more than $65 million in federal funds would be cut with education, environmental protection and the military taking the largest hits.
Democrats say the cuts will jeopardize national security while putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk. Republicans are pointing fingers at Democrats, saying the idea of a sequester originated in the Obama White House.
President Obama will make the case against sequestration cuts when he meets with governors Monday at the National Governor's Association Winter Meetings in Washington. Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be among those meeting with the President.