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Feb 25, 2013 11:21 AM by MTN News - Billings

Report details sequestration impact on Montana

BILLINGS- It seems that the game of politics is in full swing as the threat of sequestration looms less than a week away. The cuts would be expansive, costing $1.2 trillion to government agencies over a decade.

Both political parties are hoping to avoid these cuts as they would greatly impact both defense and domestic government programs but, Democrats and Republicans have very different ideas about how to avoid the cuts while still addressing the country's budget deficit.

The White House released a state-by-state study Sunday on how Americans would be impacted almost immediately by the budget cuts in the different arenas of our daily lives.

The report includes details on what would happen within the next year in Montana if sequestration goes into effect.

The Treasure State will lose approximately $1,536,000 in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 20 teacher and aide jobs at risk. About 2,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 20 fewer schools would receive funding.

Montana would lose about $1,919,000 in funds for about 20 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities. Meanwhile, around 80 fewer low-income students in the state would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

Budget cuts would also hit Head Start and Early Head Start services, which would be eliminated for approximately 200 children in Montana, reducing access to critical early education.

The seven page report also addresses cuts to programs which support Montana's military readiness, clean air and clean water, public health, job search assistance and public safety as well as many more.

Click here to read the entire report.

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