JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The White House released expected cutbacks for all 50 states. Action News has combed through each report and on almost every one of the lists -- Florida is facing some of the biggest.
"I'm concerned about the families that are going to be impacted," Governor Rick Scott told Action News on Tuesday.
Governor Scott admits he's nervous about what could happen Friday when across-the-board cuts will kick in if Congress doesn't act. And his state may be positioned to be hit harder than all the rest.
"I'm extremely disappointed," said Governor Scott.
Florida TaxWatch just released a new report. It says sequestration would disproportionately effect Florida. And the White House state-by-state list shows Florida faces some of the deepest cuts. Governor Scott says our heavy military presence might be the reason.
"We have 20 military bases here, three unified commands. We help the military fulfill their mission so the approach they're taking by not taking a measured approach, by just taking a meat hammer to try to change things doesn't make any sense."
He says he's been working with state leaders to make sure if the cuts happen Florida is ready. State Senator John Thrasher predicts we will have some time before the belts are tightened, work hours are reduced, and vital programs are forced to work with less.
"And maybe at that point the people of America will have risen up and told congress and the president of the United States let's get this fixed and fix it right," Senator Thrasher said.
We do know 8,500 local civilian military members will receive furlough notices almost immediately. They will then have 30 days notice before those furloughs kick in.