Military task force distributing $200k to SC military bases

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Military Base Task Force is trying to cushion federal spending cuts that are looming for local military bases by distributing $200,000 to bases in South Carolina.

Federal spending cuts known as sequestration are expected to have a major effect on our military bases that could have a big effect on our local economy.

On Monday, the South Carolina Military Base Task Force, made up of elected officials, cabinet members and business leaders, presented a $50,000 check to Charleston County to help support their ongoing base preservation efforts.

According to a study done by the South Carolina Department of Commerce in 2011, South Carolina's military installations generated nearly $16 billion in combined economic activity and supported more than 138,000 jobs.

Spending reductions are expected to total about $1 trillion over the next decade with the military absorbing a big portion of the cuts.

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