Sen. Levin: Hopeful Congress dodges budget bullet - Feb 25th, 2013 - State

— The White House says Michigan faces about $140 million in losses if an automatic federal budget cut takes effect Friday. But U.S. Senator Carl Levin says he's hopeful the deadline pressure will prompt Congress to raise money by closing some tax loopholes.

The Michigan Democrat tells MLive DOT com that the key to a deal this week lies with finding some Republicans who are willing to balance spending cuts and revenue increases.

The Obama administration released a state-by-state list Sunday that details some of what it says will be the effect of an automatic cut to the federal budget that Congress approved in 2011.

The cuts include $67.7 million in gross pay to 10,000 civilian Defense Department employees in Michigan and $42.2 million to K-12 and disability education programs in the state.