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Local effects of federal budget cuts still unknown

Local government officials are scrambling to assess the impact -- still largely unknown -- of the $85 billion in federal spending cuts due to begin taking effect Friday.

Unless or until President Barack Obama and Congress reach another budget agreement, the so-called sequester cuts are expected to trim long-term unemployment benefits, cause airport delays and reduce services at national parks, among other national impacts.

In California, a nearly $90 million funding cut for public schools could eliminate 1,210 teacher and aide jobs, while Head Start services for about 8,200 children would be eliminated, according to a White House report.

But officials said Wednesday they haven't calculated the impact at the county level.

"We don't know how this is going to play out," said Jim Leddy, the county's governmental affairs manager.


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