As you should know, the sequester cuts went into effect yesterday, March 1st, and include 85 Million Dollars worth of across the board cuts. These cuts will obviously have effects, and could result in many influences on our daily lives including: furloughed work schedules at government agencies, cuts to federal work-study assistance, decreased firearms inspections, cuts to humanitarian aid, fewer FDA food safety inspections, reduced border security, closings of shelters, reduced national park hours, increased wait times at airports and much more.
But when will we begin to feel the effects of the sequester? This article from CNN suggests that these effects will not likely be immediate, and will vary:
“”By [April], government agencies will execute reduced work schedules and the budget crunch will become more acute,” Sean West, U.S. policy director for the Eurasia Group, explained in a research note. “The pain will pick up speed from there.”
Of course, anyone directly affected will feel the cuts right away. But the general public’s awareness may be delayed and uneven. Different cuts will create different domino effects, according to longtime budget expert Stan Collender.”
In the coming months we will all experience what this sequester has in store and our stories will likely vary. But there is no doubt, this will influence our services and our clients. The elected officials will also have the opportunity to fix the problem, if there is a solution, so we will have to keep our eyes open and continue to do the best we can.
Written By Georgianna Reilly, LMSW
SJS Staff Writer
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