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City may experience 'trickle down' effects from potential federal budget sequester

While the city of Renton is not expecting any direct impact from the possible cut in federal funding known as the sequester, city spokesperson Preeti Shridhar said there may be some "trickle down" effects from a cut of about $300 million in funding to the state.

According to a release from the White House, the impacts in Washington State include a loss of approximately $11.6 million in funding for teachers, putting about 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk. Washington will also lose an additional $11.2 million in funds for 140 teachers, aides and staff who work with children with disabilities.

Head Start and Early Head Start services would also be eliminated for approximately 1,000 children and there would be about 440 fewer low income students receiving aid to help finance college and about 180 fewer work-study jobs available.

In addition to schools, approximately 29,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed , Army base funding would be reduced by about $124 million, Air Force funding would drop by $3 million and a Naval aircraft depot maintenance project on Whidbey Island and demolition project in Bremerton would be canceled.

Other impacts to the state include a loss of about $661,000 in funding for job assistance, referral and placement, another $3.3 million in environmental funding for Clean Air and Water Act enforcement and additional cuts in public health funding, nutrition assistance for seniors and vaccines for children.

While the cuts come at the state level, Shridhar said Renton may feel some of the impact, though there's no way yet to tell how.

"We haven't figured out exactly what it means," Shridhar said. "But these things could have an impact.

The federal budget sequester was scheduled to go in place today, Friday, if Congress failed to act before the deadline.

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