JACKSON, Miss.—Automatic spending cuts all over the nation are coming on Friday if congress can’t come to an agreement in Washington D.C.
Some Democrats are saying unless Republicans give in to new taxes no agreement will be reached, holding the GOP responsible. The GOP in response has said the Democrats are holding them hostage. It's the same song and dance that's been playing out in the nation's capital for decades.
Like anything these days in Washington D.C. there’s been plenty of finger pointing, but the fact of the matter is Mississippi along with many other states will suffer greatly if the sequester goes through at the end of this week.
The White House on Sunday released reports on each state and how the cuts could affect each one. Defense cuts have been the hot topic, and rightfully so, but education in Mississippi could also take a big hit according the report that was released.
“As many as 40,000 teachers could lose their jobs,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan on CBS show “Face the Nation” this weekend.
According to the report around 80 of those teachers could potentially be from Mississippi along with over $5 million in federal cuts to primary and secondary education in the state.
“It just means a lot more children will not get the services and jobs they need,” said Duncan.
The report states 20 less schools in the state would get funding amounting to around 12,000 less students being served.
Congress has until Friday to meet that deadline and it’s anyone’s guess at this point as to whether each side will let in to mounting pressure.