Effects Of Sequestration Cuts On MN 06 Apr 13

Minnesota state budget officials say state programs stand to lose $90-million a year in federal funds due to across-the-board spending cuts. Minnesota lawmakers were briefed on Friday on the effects of the federal sequestration. It’s still largely unknown how those spending reductions could play out in the coming weeks and months, and some of the cuts could be offset by specified increases in funding approved by Congress. Areas where cuts have been noticeable so far include Head Start programs serving infants, toddlers and preschool children from lower-income families. Minnesota’s Head Start Association says state programs got notices on March 1st to start making enrollment reductions that are likely to mean hundreds of young children losing services.