GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - In four days, $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will kick in. President Obama is warning this will impact every state, including Wisconsin.
Still adjusting from steep cuts on the state level two years ago, educators in Green Bay are bracing for another budget blow.
"Our school districts are already struggling in the state post Act 10," explained Lori Cathey, President of the Green Bay Area Education Association. "And when it comes to another possible $10 to $20 million being cut, that really hurts the students."
Cathey says she's keeping a close on the looming automatic spending cuts coming from Washington. If congress can't reach a deal by March 1st, Wisconsin will lose $8.5 million in federal funding for primary and secondary education and another $10 million for children with disabilities. That puts about 120 teacher and aide jobs at risk.
The exact impact an individual school districts is not yet known.
"What we really need is fair funding for public education," added Cathey.
Wisconsin is also facing cuts in protection for clean air and water, more than half a million dollar cut in funds for public health and nearly $700,000 less for job search assistance
Jim Golembeski oversees half a dozen job centers around northeast Wisconsin. He said their programs are almost entirely funded by the federal government.
"It would affect our job centers, we may have to close some doors," said Golembeski. "We definitely would have to cut back on services."
Services which he said are vital for job seekers in this economy.
"If people don't have someplace to come to learn how to use a computer, use it for job search, write a resume in Microsoft Word, email it to an employer," he explained. "They can't apply for jobs."
Golembeski said the impact at local job centers would not be felt until at least July. That's the start of his next budget cycle.