Rick Scott writes President Obama about sequestration

Florida governor: 'If your administration fails to do its job to responsibly manage the budget, thousands of Floridians will lose their jobs'

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MIAMI - "If your administration fails to do its job to responsibly manage the budget, thousands of Floridians will lose their jobs," Florida Gov. Rick Scott told President Barack Obama in a letter regarding the automatic budget cuts taking place March 1.

Scott released his letter to the president on Wednesday.

READ: Scott's letter to President Obama

In it, Scott wrote how the budget cuts would hurt Florida, one of the country's most defense-centric states.

"The impacts on Florida's military installations and defense industries will be severe under sequestration," wrote Scott. "Our immediate concerns include dramatic reductions to our National Guard, which threatens our ability to respond to wildfires this spring and hurricanes this summer."

If Congress fails to come up with an alternative plan by Friday's deadline, the federal government will be forced to slash its budget by $1.2 trillion over the next decade with $85 billion being cut in the next seven months alone.

Cuts would affect elderly care, health care, and education throughout Florida.

READ: Where you'll feel forced spending cuts

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