Eleven air traffic control towers at small airports throughout California are on the Federal Aviation Administration’s list of nationwide facilities to be closed next month due to spending cuts.
UCSF is the largest public recipient of National Institutes of Health funding nationwide, but they project a loss of $28 million in funding this year due to the recent sequestration.
Federal spending cuts are expected to dampen California’s economic recovery at a time when a housing rebound and job growth are gaining traction. But the immediate effect may not prove detrimental to the state’s economy.
With a possible federal budget sequestration looming on March 1, the Federal Aviation Administration could close several Bay Area air traffic control towers and flights into major airports like San Francisco’s could face delays of up to 90 minutes.
The White House has been warning of dire consequences for California if automatic “sequester” cuts in federal spending take effect, as scheduled, on Friday, March 1st.