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MV EDGE: Too early to tell effects of proposed cut to Rome Labs funding

By HILARY LANE

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome could face a $30 million decrease in federal funding.

The cut in funds is part of a proposal introduced by President Obama during his 2013 budget address, with a goal to slash $405 billion in defense spending over the next 10 years.

Steve DiMeo, President of Mohawk Valley EDGE, said it is still too early to tell how the research lab in Rome will tighten its budget or if there will be any lay-offs.

"If there are cuts, we don't know how those cuts will pan out and we don't know which programs are reduced or cancelled," DiMeo said. "So we don't know what the impact will be locally."

In addition to fusing $288 million into the local community and employing over 1,000 people in the area, the lab works with and provides research for the federal government and companies all across the country.

"There is some major conductivity with the university systems, both public and private, in Upstate New York and there are a number of key employers located in Upstate New York whose primary reason for being here is largely driven by work taking place at the research laboratory," say DiMeo.

The proposed cuts are not set in stone just yet. Congress can modify and ultimately has to approve the president's budget.

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