The federal budget fallout in Minnesota

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: February 24, 2013 - 9:10 PM

Minnesota’s schools and children would be among the state’s biggest losers if automatic federal budget cuts take hold this week, according to a report the Obama administration issued Sunday as it seeks to avoid the impending ­economic fallout.

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PassOut76Feb. 24, 13 9:21 PM

The massive federal debt is already causing child economic abuse. We have mortgaged our children's future by spending way beyond our means. A few cuts in education will not harm them as much as the massive harm we have already done to them.

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jpcooperFeb. 24, 13 9:26 PM

There is not a single thing in this article that cannot be overcome! or just plain elimimated!

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proudfedFeb. 24, 1310:40 PM

Please remember the impact sequestration will have on the +15,000 Federal employees in Minnesota. Our salaries have been frozen for 3 years, our benefits lessened, and now a looming furlough. Our management tells us to work with less but at some point it borders on the ridiculous.

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Area51Feb. 25, 1312:57 AM

These things are clearly fluff and waste anyway, as this is the first cut that the government has had to seriously contemplate, and everyone knows you cut frivolous stuff first, right?

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MickeyFeb. 25, 13 3:34 AM

These cuts are not reductions in the amount spent. They are cuts to the increases that would take place this year. No one is going to be any worse off than they were last year.

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supervon2Feb. 25, 13 5:52 AM

Now, travel to UK and Ireland where government health workers took a 20% cut in their pay. Greece where pensioners took 25% cuts. Spain where government employess took massive cuts and hits. That's what happens when you borrow beyond your ability to pay it back. Don't think we can be next? Just elect more Liberals and you can see it all happen in your lifetime.

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drfranktFeb. 25, 13 5:59 AM

The sequestration was obama's plan, obama warned us back in 2008 that "Elections have consequences," MN voted for obama in the 2012 election, this is just one of those consequences, MN, so deal with it! You had been warned, but chose not to listen.

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mnborn2Feb. 25, 13 7:16 AM

Whose decision was it to cut in these areas in the first place. There has to be plenty of other areas to cut that won't affect the most vulnerable. Bottom line, we need to start cutting somewhere and not depend in increases in the budget.

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basia2186Feb. 25, 13 7:31 AM

Sequestering means reduction in increases proposed. Our president is not leading this country, he isvcreating a culture of fear and entitlement. Social security and Medicare are earned entitlements. SNAP, MFIP and Medicaid are unearned for the poor and disabled. Unless one has a totally incapacitating disability, the recipients ( especially and including single itinerant parents)should be doing community service to "earn" our tax money. The government could cut 10% from every program and union contract tomorrow and not one person will lose their job. Creating fear, exaggerating, and lying to citizens is a cowardly way to run the country. Woe to us for the people that think Obama's doing a good job. I would be ashamed if I had voted for him.

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WalksHauntFeb. 25, 13 7:53 AM

How is this news now? The sequester was supposed to take effect on 1/1/2013. Where were the budget concerns at that time? Also, the government will actually spend more this year - so the sequester does nothing to reduce the deficit. Government does have a spending problem and it will not be addressed by this administration - until there is no more money to pay for the debt. Growing government, during the worst recession in history, is unsustainable.

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