Little, if any, progress is being reported out of the talks to head off those automatic spending cuts known as “sequestration.” Without a deal between Congress and President Obama, the cuts kick in on Friday.
The latest salvo in the war for public opinion and support comes from The White House, as the administration released a state-by-state report on the impacts of sequestration. Among the expected casualties for Pennsylvania:
- $26.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education
- $21.4 million in funding for education of students with disabilities
- 26,000 civilian military job furloughs
- Elimination of Head Start services for about 2,300 children
- $5.7 million in environmental funding
- Additional cuts in funding for public health, child care, job search assistance, law enforcement and more