COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The impact on Michigan and Branch County won’t really be known for several months as a result of sequester day, which was Friday, the supposed point of no return because of the large federal spending cuts that went into effect automatically yesterday when Congress failed to reach a spending deal. Concerns about the spending reductions vary widely.
The AFL CIO says that the sequester will be devastating to Michigan’s economy and that putting so many government workers on furlough will have wide reaching consequences. Karla Swift, the state President of the Union thinks Congress has failed to address the real crisis in America, what she calls the jobs crisis.
Michigan Seventh District Representative, Republican Tim Walberg doubts that the federal budget cuts will be as painful as some are predicting. He says The Sky isn’t falling as the Obama administration proclaimed and the eventual impact of the cuts will prove them to be liars about the challenge of what he termed a simple 85-billion dollar cut. Fellow Republican Congressman Fred Upton of St. Joseph says he doubts it'll be the end of world. Upton added it’s unfortunate that it had to happen but at least it will help reduce the deficit and that the next move on Capitol Hill should be to help departments work around the cuts as best as they can.