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Federal Budget Cuts Could Hit MA Schools Hard

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BOSTON (AP) — The White House says Massachusetts could lose tens of millions of dollars for education, environmental protection, and child care if automatic federal budget cuts take effect as scheduled.

The Obama administration says Massachusetts would lose about $14 million for primary and secondary education, putting 190 teacher and aide jobs at risk. About 20,000 fewer students would be served and 60 fewer schools would receive money from Washington.

About 7,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $43.4 million.

And Massachusetts would lose about $300,000 in grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement and crime victim initiatives.

The budget cuts are set to take effect on Friday unless President Barack Obama and Congress agree on an alternate plan.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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