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Budget Cuts Would Impact Many Pa. Military Sites

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Defense Department says military sites in Pennsylvania would be heavily affected by automatic federal spending cuts.

A letter to Gov. Tom Corbett says the army would lose $7 million in base operations funding across the state, including cuts at Carlisle Barracks and Fort Indiantown Gap.

The letter says depot operations at Tobyhanna and Letterkenny could be cut by as much as $751 million. And the state’s 26,000 civilian defense workers could have unpaid furloughs.

Government-wide budget reductions totaling $85 billion are scheduled to take effect Friday at midnight.

The Defense Department is set to lose $46 billion in funding. Agency officials sent warning letters to the 10 states that will be most severely impacted, including Pennsylvania.

Copies of the letters were provided to The Associated Press on Friday.

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