The White House this evening started a well-planned offensive to let residents in every state know what the automatic budget cuts scheduled for March 1 could mean to them and their community.
In Florida, 31,000 civilian contractors with the defense department face furloughs and reduced pay; 7,450 children could go without some vaccines; thousands will get smaller unemployment checks and schools could face a small reduction, according to the White House.
In all, about $85 billion in spending nationwide is scheduled to be reduced as part of what's known as "the sequester." It's a roughly 2.4 percent reduction of the roughly $3.6 trillion in federal spending. (Florida's budget, for those keeping score, is about $70 billion this year).