Local concerns about possible sequester

By Matt Hicks
By Steve Miller

Local concerns about possible sequester

September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 27, 2013 at 9:04 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As the deadline looms for federal lawmakers to come to a budget agreement in Washington, Citizen Action held a forum to spread the word on how these cuts could be felt locally.

Officials said more than $35 million in cuts could be ahead for Head Start, along with more than $4 million in cuts to Meals on Wheels.

Additional cuts could impact cancer screening, employment services, scientific research and early childhood education initiatives.

"The sequester cuts went into effect in March and everyone said they were so horrible that no one would allow them to happen. Well, they happened and what we found was that the only cuts restored were the air traffic controllers because everyone was screaming," said Mary Clark, the regional director for Citizen Action of New York.

Clark said programs like Meals on Wheels and Head Start are especially important because people rely on them to weather the tough economy.