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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.


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