Thursday, February 28, 2013
Part four of a four-part series on the impacts of Sequestration in Montgomery County. National historic parks, such as the one at Valley Forge, will see an impact should sequester not be stopped by midnight Thursday.
If heading to Valley Forge National Historic Park is on your to-do list this summer, you might need to double check the schedule. Due to sequestration, parks like Valley Forge may have staffing and hours on the "chopping block." “Every park in the system would be affected, including treasured places like Gettysburg, Independence Hall and Valley Forge, and the local economies that depend on visitor spending would also suffer,” said Cinda Waldbuesser, senior Pennsylvania program manager for the National Parks Conservation Association in a recent release. “National parks are economic drivers for local communities. Over the last two years, Pennsylvania’s national parks have welcomed more than eight million visitors, generating $325,000,000 in …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Would the current school year be affected?
The White House released new reports on Sunday that outline the effects that $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts would have on individual states like Pennsylvania. Locally, if sequestration happens, there would be no impact for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year. No entitlements would be affected, if at all, until 2013-14, according to the Radnor Township School District. In December the school board passed a resolution regarding the sequestration that "[urged] Congress and the Administration to amend the Budget Control Act to mitigate the drastic cuts to education that would affect our students and communities, and to protect education as an investment critical to economic stability and American competitiveness." Reports …
Monday, February 25, 2013
It's Republicans versus Democrats in another fiscal battle in Washington, D.C.
The White House released new reports on Sunday that outline the effects that $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts would have on individual states. The Huffington Post reports that the reports were released as part of a strategy to pressure Republicans into accepting new revenues as part of a deal to prevent the sequester from taking effect. According to the White House's report, Impact of March 1st Cuts on Middle Class Families, Jobs and Economic Security (which can be found in the pdf section of this article), impacts would include: