Arkansas labor leaders lobby against cuts

WASHINGTON (Arkansas News Bureau) -- Arkansas labor leaders urged the state's congressional delegation Wednesday to keep education and social welfare programs off the chopping block.

Because Congress failed to approve a plan to reduce the deficit by another $1.2 trillion, the budget faces automatic across-the-board cuts in a process known as sequestration. Most programs would be cut by 8.2 percent, according to Office of Management and Budget estimates.

In Arkansas, that would mean a loss of $12.7 million in federal Title I grants, $9.2 million in special education grants and $6.2 million in Head Start.

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