DELMARVA - One of the changes you could see if the sequester happens, will be right here on the shore. The Department of Transportation plans to close air traffic control towers at five Maryland regional airports, including the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport and Easton/Newnam Field.
That would take affect April 1st. The sequester will slash over $600 million from the FAA, resulting in mandatory furloughs for nearly 47,000 air transportation employees and the closure of more than 100 air traffic control towers across the country.
Senator Barbara Mikulski issued the following statement on the matter, "sequester will cripple air transportation, causing ripple effects across the economy and costing us jobs we can't afford to lose. These are real impacts in real communities with real consequences. Sequester will be devastating to local economies and the national economy. It will cost America a million jobs we can't afford to lose. We must stop sequester with a balanced approach to reducing our debt and deficit that includes reforms to the tax code, strategic cuts to mandatory spending and gives credit for cuts already taken. We can do it if we work in a bi-partisan way across the aisle and across the Capitol dome to agree on tax loopholes to close and strategic cuts to make while maintaining our investments in education and innovation. That's how we'll create jobs today and jobs of the future, accelerate our economy and reduce our debt and deficit."