DEADLINE LOOMING: Sequester Impact On Iowa

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The First Lady, Vice President and President spoke to the nation’s governors at the White House Monday morning.

Governor Branstad joined other state leaders in D.C. for the National Governors’ Association meetings. The group talked about several topics from education to finances.

With the deadline looming, President Obama talked about forced federal spending cuts that will be implemented on Friday unless congress takes action.

Obama is calling for a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts to replace the so-called sequester.

“As leaders, we share responsibility to do whatever we can to help grow economy and create good mid class jobs and open up doors of opportunity for all of our people. That’s our true north, highest priority, got to guide every decision we make at every level,” he said.

Republicans are against any tax increases.

The cuts would strip $85-billion from federal agencies over the next seven months.

The White House is outlining the impact of the budget cuts on states.

For Iowa, it would mean a loss of about $6.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education. As well as putting 90 teachers and aides jobs at risk.

The White House says it will also mean nearly $6-million in cuts in education for children with disabilities.

Iowa would also lose more than $2-million for clean air and clean water projects.