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US cuts would hit military, education hardest in Mass.

Education and the military would take among the biggest hits in Massachusetts from automatic cuts to the federal budget set to take hold this week, according to a report the White House issued Sunday as it seeks to avoid the impending economic fallout.

The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers are based only on the $85 billion in cuts for this fiscal year, from March to September, that are set to take effect Friday. The White House said some states could shift funds to cover shortfalls.

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Among funding Massachusetts stands to lose:

Military: 7,000 civilian Department of Defense employees furloughed, reducing gross pay by $43.4 million. Army base operations cut by $8 million and Air Force operations by $5 million.

Education: $13.9 million for primary and secondary education, putting 190 teacher and aide jobs at risk; $13.4 million for 160 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities; and Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for about 1,100 children.

Environment: $4 million for clean water and air quality and other antipollution programs, and $472,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

Law enforcement: About $300,000 to support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, correction, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.

Seniors: $535,000 to provide meals.

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