Mayor Miner says sequester cuts are painful
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The mayor of Syracuse is warning that "real pain" is coming as a result of congressional inaction to head off the sequester and the automatic budget cuts that took effect March 1st.
The failure to meet the deadline has touched off a debate over what the impact of the across the board cuts will be.
Mayor Stephanie Miner says the Capitol Hill stalemate means spending cuts ranging from reductions in head start and education programs to crime control. She also claims jobs may be lost as federal contracts with local companies are cut.
“Because of the failure of Congress to act in a manner that is responsible and make smart decisions, we could be stuck in this recession and real people and real families will be harmed as a result of their failure to do their jobs,” Miner said.
The mayor says the latest bad news involves cuts in Community Development Block Grants, which will affect a number of local programs.