Sequester to Hit Eastern Shore

Feb 28, 2013

United States Capitol

The budget cuts that will be coming from the sequester in Washington D. C. this Friday could have a major impact on the Eastern Shore.

$14.4 million would be slashed from primary and secondary education while $9.4 million would be cut from education for children with disabilities.

John Fredericksen, superintendent of Wicomico County public schools…told the Salisbury Daily Times Times, that the school system would be forced to cut staff, classroom supplies and some after-school program hours.

And, that, he added, is all before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said that the resort could lose the Blue Angels as part of the OC Air Show.

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D--Md) is urging fellow lawmakers in both parties to reach a compromise and avoid the sequester.

But Eastern Shore Republican Andy Harris predicts that there will be no agreement anytime soon.

The Congressman said he believed in prioritizing spending in a better way to reduce the deficit but does not support replacing the spending cuts with another tax increase.