Keller @ Large: Can Mass. Avoid Another Round Of Defense Cuts?

June 26, 2012 12:00 AM
Keller @ Large: Can Mass. Avoid Another Round Of Defense Cuts?

" BOSTON (CBS) – Up to 40,000 Massachusetts jobs could be wiped out if Congress follows through on plans for deep cuts in defense spending. A group formed to fight those cuts sounded the alarm Tuesday on Beacon Hill.

Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray is leading the push by local political, business and military leaders to protect the state’s job-rich defense industries from being ravaged by those impending budget cuts.

When the last major round of cuts was brewing seven years ago, Senator Ted Kennedy and then Governor Mitt Romney led a bi-partisan effort to fend them off.

But this task force has so little confidence in today’s political leaders that they feel compelled to re-emphasize what the cuts might do to our economy.

Chris Anderson of the Defense Technology Initiative says, “Without the data, it’s a little difficult to get the attention of members of the delegation to focus on assets that may not be located in their district.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Bernice Corpuz reports

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But the scary numbers seem unlikely to sway Rep. Barney Frank. “Let’s tell NATO that they’re on their own,” he says "

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