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Battle, Strong discuss sequestration impact

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Municipal leaders in the Huntsville explained the potential impacts of sequestration at the local level on Monday, just four days ahead of the scheduled automatic spending cuts.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Madison County Commission Chair Dale Strong will met at the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce Monday morning.

The duo debriefed economic leaders on what they learned during their meetings with U.S. House and Senate offices in Washington D.C. last week.

Monday's meeting comes in the heels of a report that the White House issued over the weekend that details how sequestration would affect each state this year.

In Alabama, a diverse list of state programs will see drastic spending reductions if the sequester is allowed to pass, according to the report.

The White House assessed that Alabama could lose up to $11 million in primary and secondary school funding, putting roughly 150 teacher jobs at risk.

Education programs for children with disabilities may see a $9 million cut.

As for the military, the White House projects up to 27,000 civilian defense employees in Alabama would be furloughed if the sequester goes through.

The Army would see a $91 million cut in base operation funding while the Air Force could see an $8 million cut.

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