In less than a week, the United States could see massive public spending cuts across the board if a deal isn't made by lawmakers, by March 1st. North Carolina could be looking at a loss of tens of thousands of public jobs as well as major cuts in the military.
Aymeric Vincenti is a sophomore at Duke University and is majoring in political science. He said, despite the looming cuts, North Carolina is in better shape, then it was four years ago. “It's going to take a lot of solidarity and work from North Carolina, to get these people back to work and to put our economy in a much more positive place” Vincenti said. “We're starting to realize a few more goals state-wide and we're starting to put things together that will allow of us to build back into the future and will allow the state to rebound from these cuts.”
Vincenti's father, Stephane Vincenti, meanwhile, is putting his trust in Washington, hoping our leaders, will put their differences aside. “It's up to Washington to decide what they're going to do. Our political process has been a little bit affected. I'd like to see a little more of getting together and resolving the issues of the American people.”
McCrory is in DC this weekend, for the National Governors Association's winter meeting, where the looming sequester, will be one of the main topics discussed. He went one on one with NBC's Chuck Todd yesterday, to talk about the effects it will have, on North Carolina.
“We have five major military bases in North Carolina, of course we're greatly concerned because the basic budget, allows only non-personnel cuts. We need to reform the way we spend money in government. There is so much waste right now.”
McCrory is expected to have dinner with President Obama and the First Lady, Sunday night.