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Michigan lawmakers weigh in on what sequester would mean

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(02/20/13) - Michigan lawmakers agree - jobs are at stake.

A study done, by George Mason University, shows Michigan alone stands to lose more than 31,000 jobs if sequestration goes into effect.

The concern is spending would be slashed for head start and education programs and even dipping into national defense funds - all which would hit Michigan hard.

Rep. Dan Kildee, (D) 5th District, says he's hopeful, although not optimistic, lawmakers can avoid this.

He says this is no way to reduce the deficit.

"Who knows how long it will take for us to get our economic forces moving back in the right direction? Even if we get through this," Kildee said.

"It's not good for the country, but I'm especially concerned about Michigan that's been slow to benefit from this already slow recovery. The sequester was intended to be a result that was so bad that nobody, Republican or Democrat, would allow it to take place," Kildee said.

"There is a spending problem in Washington. That is why nearly two years ago, in a rare showing of bipartisanship, Congress agreed to the President's sequester plan to take a small step toward reducing overspending," said Rep. Dave Camp, (R) 4th District. "Walking away from spending cuts and replacing them with tax increases will do nothing to solve our spending problem, but it will hurt job creation."

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