It’s like a hurricane on the way: Automatic defense cuts loom Jan. 2

Oct. 16, 2012

Predicting the fallout from defense budget sequestration is like trying to anticipate the damage as a hurricane barrels toward shore. We know it will be devastating and the long-term damage will be severe, but no one can say exactly where the havoc will be greatest or how complete the destruction will be.

With hurricanes, that uncertainty makes it hard to convince people to evacuate or make costly preparations against a danger that may or may not end up at their door. With sequestration, it makes it hard to break through the inertia and gridlock that plagues…

Small businesses at risk of fallout from ‘fiscal cliff’

Oct. 16, 2012

The very small businesses that contribute greatly to America’s national security and economic dynamism are among the entities most at risk from the “fiscal cliff” facing our nation in January.

Given small businesses’ role in providing key services and products to the Defense Department, Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the rest of the federal government, it should come as no surprise that $1 trillion in sequestration budget cuts over a nine-year period — $110 billion in 2013 — will dramatically affect smaller companies.

George Mason University economist Stephen Fuller…

Federal cuts could cripple regional airports

Sep. 04, 2012

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Here&rsquo;s what we know: business and tourism travelers continue to fly into the region at an increasing pace, and cargo deliveries remain robust as the regional economy expands. Unfortunately, massive budget cuts coming our way would have a negative impact on our regional airports and airports around the country &ndash; and that would mean a hard hit to the business community.</p>
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Indeed, last year Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Ronald Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport handled nearly 65 million passengers (1.2 million more than 2010) and nearly 919 million…

Weather satellites in danger of cuts

Aug. 31, 2012

In a summer in which the ongoing extreme drought has proved so damaging to New Mexico farmers and ranchers, the importance of having long-term weather forecasts warning us in advance of dangerous drought conditions is clear.

Given this recent history, and New Mexico’s need for accurate forecasts of severe summer storms and winter blizzards, this isn’t the time to cut funding for national weather forecasting satellite assets.

Unfortunately, that is exactly what will happen unless Congress works with the White House to repeal mandatory budget cuts scheduled to hit federal programs in 2013.
These…

Save NOAA weather forecast budget

Aug. 30, 2012

In a summer dominated by the High Park and Waldo Canyon fires, the need to have long-term weather forecasts providing advanced warning of dangerous drought conditions is painfully clear. Also, given that Coloradans need to be on constant alert for severe summer storms and winter blizzards, it’s hard to imagine a worse time to cut funding for weather satellites.

But this will happen unless Congress repeals mandatory budget cuts scheduled to hit federal programs in 2013. These “sequestration” cuts may lead to a $182 million reduction for NOAA’s weather satellite program — increasing what is already…