What is the Sequester + How Will it Affect Buffalonians?
Lately, in the news, all you hear about is the “sequester.” What the heck is that? I’ll admit, I had to look it up online to get the clear definition of what’s going on.
The sequester is this: Automatic cuts that will threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs. It will cut important services that seniors, children, those who are mentally ill and our service men and women may need.
This sequester could have a pretty big impact on Buffalo if the federal budget cuts (known as the sequester) go into effect on Friday (March 1). According to the numbers, Buffalo schools could lose more than $2.5 million in funding. Those who work for the border patrol will see positions disappear. You’ll see cuts made to programs like Head Start and programs that provide federal aid for low-income college kids.
The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station could suffer cuts as well. Congressman Brian Higgins says that this sequester would force the Air Force to layoff a number of workers across New York State. The sequester would also delay the construction of a new flight simulator at the base, which is estimated to cost roughly $6 million.