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Sequester Watch: New York, Texas, and Kansas Eye Cuts

One of the frustrating things about sequestration—the automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts set to go into effect on March 1— is that no one knows for certain what’s going to happen. Not the lawmakers who have yet to hammer out a compromise to avert the cuts. Not the millions of Americans who will be affected to some degree or other. And not the journalists who have been attempting to explain and project sequestration’s possible effects.

Here on Bottom Line, we’ll be providing regular round-ups of outside reporting on the effects of sequestration as they concern higher education. While we’re linking to articles on possible effects at present, if the midnight-Thursday deadline passes with no solution, as many observers now believe will happen, Bottom Line will continue to link to other coverage of the actual effects as they become evident.

  • An article in the Times Union newspaper, in Albany, N.Y., says that the sequester would cost state colleges $110-million. Notable quote: Sequestration cuts mean an “erosion of our leadership at exactly the moment we need to be infusing our economy with innovation,” said Laurie Leshin, dean of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Science.
  • The Texas Tribune’s “Texplainer” column offers a rundown of statewide sequestration effects, including a possible loss of $1.4-million in student financial aid annually. The piece also cites a state legislative committee’s report that projects Texas will be among the top three states in terms of jobs lost to sequestration cuts.
  • As part of a laundry list of possible sequestration effects in Kansas, The Wichita Eagle says some 310 fewer students would receive federal financial aid and 140 fewer would be able to participate in the Federal Work-Study program.
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