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Clock ticking for Congress to act before sequester

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The clock is ticking for Congress to reach a deal on the sequester, and without an agreement, it means plenty of cuts in Connecticut.

How will this impact Connecticut?

It will hit the economy. Lawmakers are talking about jobs, defense spending, but also education, including impacting some of the youngest and most vulnerable students in the state.

Damaging cuts would have a devastating effect on education.

The state would lose about $9 million, and Head Start programs would be eliminated for about 500 students.

In Wolcott, they use federal grant money to educate 3- and 4-year-olds. The cuts would mean they'd have to get rid of a teacher, which would likely impact special needs students.

The White House says in Connecticut, the education cuts would impact about 8,000 students and roughly 40 fewer schools would receive funding. It adds 120 teachers, and aides could lose their jobs as well.

Students who receive loans or work study jobs to help pay for colleges would also be impacted.

Around 550 fewer low income college students in Connecticut would get help to finance their costs, and 470 fewer students would get a work study job.

Connecticut's two senators, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Chris Murphy, along with U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, will be at Tweed-New Haven airport later in the day Friday to talk about the impact the cuts will have on jobs and the economy throughout the state.

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