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State Will Lose $150 Million To Sequester

State officials say they don’t expect they’ll have to lay off employees due to the loss of 150 million dollars in federal funds this year and next.

That’s how much the state is expected to lose because of the budget standoff in Washington. That’s what the state the latest estimate from the state budget office.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta reports.

The state budget office says it has a plan that averts public employee layoffs. But Governor Rick Snyder says the state has no plans to replace the money lost because of sequestration – which amounts to about four-tenths of one percent of total state spending. Which is not to say the cuts won’t have an impact. Most of the cuts will affect grants to schools and local governments.

Among the programs that will be lost is the clothing allowance for 21 thousand low-income kids as they are about to start school.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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