Sequestration: Coming Soon to a State Near You?

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)

The "sequestration" cuts to domestic and defense programs still loom in the not-to-distant future. The latest noises from Washington, D.C. are that, thanks to conservative opposition to including additional revenues, the draconian cuts may very well come into effect  on March 1st. Here's the current state of play in D.C. — and how some are predicting it might affect the states.

The Director of the Congressional Budget Office told lawmakers this week that the across-the-board cuts in the sequester could cost the country 750,000 jobs. [Huffington Post]

Some "high level sources on Capitol Hill" are predicting that possible negotiations to avoid the bulk of the sequester will only take place "after the impact of the sequester is actually felt." [Huffington Post]

The National Education Association has state-by-state fact sheets on how services to students would be diminished and how many education jobs would be lost if the sequester takes effect. [NEA]

In Virginia, that might mean $48 million lost in federal funds for pre-K through 12th grade education. [Fairfax Station Patch]

In South Dakota, state lawmakers are predicting "pain" thanks to cuts in "a number of programs that people have become used to." [KTIV]

Why one prominent national progressive leader is arguing in favor of letting the sequester cuts happen. [Huffington Post]

The Congressional Progressive Caucus has a plan to avoid the sequester focused on closing tax loopholes and limiting deductions for corporations and the wealthy. [MaddowBlog]


Read the full Dispatch from February 17, 2013 here.