The sequester impact state-by-state
PADUCAH, Ky.— The White House released more in-depth figures for each state that spell out exactly how the sequester will impact people in our area.
The first of five big agencies that will have to deal with smaller budgets after the sequester is education. Primary and secondary funding will go down by a combined $72 million in Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee. That could mean teacher layoffs and fewer services for students.
The Principal Deputy Director of The National Economic Council says higher education systems could also be affected. "When you are squeezing state budgets the way the sequester would, it puts pressure on the states. What some, in turn, will do is squeeze things they do. One of the biggest uses of any state budget is public education," said Jason Furman.